Precincts Across U.S. report Issues at Polls
Pennsylvania county runs out of ballots – Maricopa County, Az., reportedly beset with significant issues and More… Plus Trump comments…
Election officials in a northeast Pennsylvania county report that polling locations ran out of ballot paper, one of numerous incidents of problems at the polls so far Tuesday in the midterm elections.
There were long lines at the polls because there wasn’t enough paper, according to the outlet.
In the Pennsylvania county, voters cast their vote on a machine that looks like a tablet and the ballot is printed out on paper. Then, voters take the paper ballot and place it in either a tabulation machine or scanner.
Because of the lack of the proper paper for the ballots, some voters were given provisional ballots.
The Luzerne County Board of Elections and Registration will have a special meeting on Wednesday “for the purpose of the commencement of the adjudication process for votes cast for the November 8, 2022 General Election. This process will continue until completed and is open to the public,” according to the office’s website.
Lucerne County Bureau of Elections didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Elsewhere in the country, other major problems were reported. In Maricopa County, Az., officials confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that upwards of 20% of machines there were not functioning as they should have.
“We’ve got about 20% of the locations out there,” Maricopa Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates told voters on social media, “where there’s an issue with the tabulator where some of the ballots where after the people have voted, they try to run them through the tabulator and they’re not going through.”
County officials were scrambling to fix the issue on Tuesday, with voters being directed to alternative voting methods while the problem was resolved.
In Mercer County, New Jersey, meanwhile, a “glitch” reportedly caused voting machines there to outright crash, according to CBS News.
County officials were warning that ballot-counting could be delayed on Tuesday night due to the problem. Voters were still able to cast ballots and election officials reportedly said the ballots would eventually be counted once the glitch was fixed; state Attorney General Matt Platkin urged voters affected by the issue to use paper ballots instead of digital voting machines.
Attention all Mercer County voters — paper ballots are available in your precinct, and all polling locations are open. Rest assured: paper ballots are safe and secure, and your vote will be counted.
— Attorney General Matt Platkin (@NewJerseyOAG) November 8, 2022
Other problems appeared more minor. Scanner issues in Floyd County, Indiana, were reportedly resolved early on in the voting process, according to WDRB.
A voting site in Albany, New York, meanwhile, also reportedly experienced problems with its ballot counting machine, CNYCentral reported.
A local news outlet reported that the ballots impacted by the malfunction “will be put in an emergency bin to be counted by non-partisan inspectors” who will then “feed the ballots through a working machine.”
Still other polling sites and districts experienced issues and delays unrelated to purely technical problems.
One Houston-area polling location allegedly saw a four-hour delay in ballot submissions, according to the New York Times, due to an election clerk walking off the job site and workers having failed to set up voting machines prior to the opening of polls.
Officials in Philadelphia, meanwhile, said on Monday that ballot-counting could be delayed for up to 30,000 ballots due to an election integrity lawsuit brought by local Republican officials.
In some cases the issue appeared to be related to user error. Another Houston-area polling place reportedly had to order new voting machines after the tabulating program on in-service machines was “closed.”
Nicholas Ballasy contributed to this report.
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Trump Calls For Action Over ‘Complete Voter Integrity Disaster’ At Polls
Former President Trump has called for protests over voting irregularities across the country.
“The Absentee Ballot situation in Detroit is REALLY BAD. People are showing up to Vote only to be told, “sorry, you have already voted,” Trump wrote on Truth social. “This is happening in large numbers, elsewhere as well. Protest, Protest, Protest!”
Trump also said that “Maricopa County in Arizona looks like a complete Voter Integrity DISASTER,” adding “Likewise Detroit (of course!), Pennsylvania, and other places. Not being covered by the Fake News Media!”
Trump also addressed the 20% of precincts in Maricopa County, AZ which have had major issues, ‘Truthing’: “Only Republican areas? WOW! Kari Lake, Blake Masters, and all others are being greatly harmed by this disaster. Can’t let this happen, AGAIN!!!”
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