From Staff reports
It appears there are multiple issues cropping up across the country at poling places from lost voting machines to a shortage of paper ballots to no electrical power.
According to reports, one poling place is in Tennessee is without power and using paper ballots. Cedar Bluff Middle School in Knoxville, Tennessee, did not have power Tuesday morning and the site’s backup generator has also failed.
Long lines were already in place early this morning in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Broken voting machines and other technical issues caused long lines and forced voters to resort to paper ballots in at least two Gwinnett County precincts Tuesday morning.
In North Carolina, the state board of elections said humidity appeared to be causing difficulties in feeding ballots through tabulators in some Wake County precincts.
In a news release, North Carolina’s State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement says such ballots will be stored in “emergency bins” and “will be tabulated as soon as possible.” All ballots will be counted, the board said.
In what could be one of the most historically contested races in recent history one Texas precinct had broken down machines and not enough paper ballots to go around possibly causing voters their right to vote.
Khadija Farah told news outlets that 20 minutes after she arrived at her polling place at Arlington’s T.A. Howard Middle School in Tarrant County, the line to vote stretched out the door. Farah says that the electronic voting machine was not working, and she was told by a poll worker that they did not have any ballots for her precinct.
Many voters left without casting a vote.
Several voting locations were without power early Tuesday morning due to overnight storms that left 10,000 homes without power. Several polling places in rural Clay County had to be moved to the county courthouse, according to reports.
All 1,759 polling places are reported open now in the Mountain state.
Voters were locked out of a polling place in Brooklyn, New York, for about 90 minutes on Tuesday morning, according to a city elections official. That polling place is now reported open. An explanation of the electronic lock failure was not available.
One polling place in Pittsburgh was delayed after a medical emergency with a polling place worker.