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Election Day in Haiti

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An election poll worker makes preparations early this morning at a voting station in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The country is holding its first presidential vote since the former President Jean Bertrand Aristide was forced from power. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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Haitians begin to line up early this morning before the voting stations open. Despite many early organizational problems, the voter turnout appears to be high. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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Election poll workers count the ballots early this morning at a voting station in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The country held their first presidential vote in nearly six years. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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Haitians fight to get into a voting station on the outskirts of the impoverished area of Cite Soleil, where UN troops and Haitian police work to control the crowd. This is the first presidential election since the ousting of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide. Many of the country’s poor are desperate for change. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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Haitians tear down a door blocking their way to a voting station on the outskirts of the impoverished area of Cite Soleil, where UN troops and Haitian police work to control the crowd. This is the first presidential election since the ousting of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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A woman cries out for the candidate of her choice, Rene Preval, as she pushes to get in to cast her vote. Haitians fight to get into a voting station on the outskirts of the impoverished area of Cite Soleil, where UN troops and Haitian police work to control the crowd. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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A man stuggles to get into a voting station on the outskirts of the impoverished area of Cite Soleil, where UN troops and Haitian police work to control the crowd. Many of the country’s poor are desperate for change. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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Haitians fight to get into a voting station on the outskirts of the impoverished area of Cite Soleil, where UN troops and Haitian police work to control the crowd. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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Haitians tear down a door blocking their way to a voting station on the outskirts of the impoverished area of Cite Soleil, where UN troops and Haitian police work to control the crowd. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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Haitians struggle to get into a voting station on the outskirts of the impoverished area of Cite Soleil, where UN troops and Haitian police work to control the crowd. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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His election card in hand, a man rests after pushing his way into a voting station on the outskirts of the impoverished area of Cite Soleil, where UN troops and Haitian police work to control the crowd. This is the first presidential election since the ousting of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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Haitians line up to vote in the first presidential election since the departure of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004. Over 2 million people went to the polls and many had to wait in long lines for hours. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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A woman struggles to get into a voting station on the outskirts of the impoverished area of Cité Soleil, where UN troops and Haitian police work to control the crowd. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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Haitians in Port-au-Prince line up to vote. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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