PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Thousands of Democrats in Portland lined up for hours at Deering High School on Sunday to participate in the state caucus.
The large turnout overwhelmed staff, causing major delays. Some people waited for hours outside in line. To decrease congestion, staff moved the check-in desks outside.
"It's worth every minute, so I'm looking forward to getting in and casting my vote," said Travis Lawson, a Bernie Sanders supporter. "The people of Maine, we've always been outspoken and we demand that our votes count and voices be heard."
"You plan as well as you can. At the end of the day, the flood that we're seeing here I think is beyond anyone's wildest expectations," said Phil Bartlett, chairman of the Maine Democratic Party.
"I didn't really know what to expect. This is my first caucus. I knew that a lot of people were going to come out and vote but I didn't realize there were going to be this many people that were un-enrolled," said Clif Rogers, who was previously un-enrolled, but came Sunday to enroll in order to vote for Bernie Sanders.
"We want to air on the side of allowing people to vote," said Bartlett.
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