Problems at polling stations such as technical issues with polling machines and absentee officials, including head precinct judges, are being reported across the U.S. on Election Day.
Twitter user @PJeffC, who writes from the Bronx in New York, said that an election site didn’t have working scanners. “Disappointed with election site at CS 150 on Fox Street. After waiting in line since 5:30 AM and filling out ballots after they opened up tardy, we were informed that the scanners were not working. Very disorganized.”
In Florida, News8 reporter Josh Navarro reports that a polling location in Grace Church in Rochester was having technical issues with voting machines. “An elections inspector on scene told me off-camera it has been two hours they are trying to troubleshoot it. No ETA when it’ll be back online.”
In Buffalo, Erie County, New York, long lines were reported by news anchor Dave Greber. He said: “There was a power cord issues here when the polls opened at 6 am. The issue has been resolved, and all 314 precincts in @ErieCountyNY are open and operating.”
Another New York location, this time Pleasantville, had technical issues involving iPads. Examiner Media reported: “Pleasantville voter says due to technical issue at Lutheran Church polling place involve iPads, votes can’t vote; asked to return later.”
In Charlotte, North Carolina, a Twitter user wrote that there wasn’t a head precinct judge in a Mecklenberg County location. “There is no head precinct judge at Precinct 67 (Landsdowne Elem) in Charlotte and people can’t vote. @MeckCounty please fix!”
A later reply confirmed that the issue was resolved and people could continue voting.
A voter with the Twitter handle @GabeCaruso tweeted to ABC7 that a polling place in East Harlem hadn’t let people in to vote. Writing on his Twitter account, the user said: “@ABC7NY we’ve been in line since 5:45 here in East Harlem. Polls opened at 6:00 and its 6:18 and nobody has been let in to vote. #VoterSuppression.” The location of the polling place was at 115th and 3rd Avenue.
In Georgia, some voters were being told they had already voted. Twitter user @austingrantt wrote: “First Presbyterian Church in Griffin, GA at 1349 Macon Rd is already having election issues. Voting system telling people they’ve already voted @WSBTVNewsdesk @GeorgiaDemocrat @fairfightaction @cbs46 @11AliveNews.”
Another part of Georgia saw issues with their scanners. Zach Logan, a reporter for Daybreak, wrote: “Several voters at the Tybee YMCA say there is an issue with the scanner and they are unable to scan their ballots at this time. Voters say they are placing their ballots in a locked box to be scanned later. Other voters say they’ll wait and come back.”
Reporter Iyani Lenice for CBS46 wrotes that voting machines were also down in Spalding County, Georgia, due to a system glitch. “Election officials say provisional ballots will be sent to all 18 precincts to allow voters to vote via paper ballot.”
A whole county in Missouri reportedly saw its voting stations without power. Twitter users @j_maskrod and @jphall79 said that Christian County’s polling stations were down, with people trying to resolve the issue.
In Virginia, reporter Drew Wilder said: “Voters report ballot machine issues at multiple locations in Prince William County. Election officials confirm there are issues at Battlefield HS, Reagan MS, and Tyler ES where machines aren’t reading ballots. Election official is unsure of what’s causing the problem but says… It could be that the ballots were kept in a cold space overnight and the machine isn’t reading them because of that. Says they’re working on it and all of those votes will be counted.”
The coronavirus has also caused extra stress for voters. Photojournalist Robert Cohen shared some photos of COVID-19 positive voters submitting their ballots in St. Louis. He wrote: “Photos: #COVID19 positive voters cast ballots curbside in St. Louis on eve of the election. Very, very 2020.”
In Pennsylvania, another voter tweeted at ABCwith a photo of a crowded room at a polling station. “@ABC here’s a pic of our PA polling site—zero social distancing—adding stress to an already stressful day.”
In El Paso, Texas, reporter Rene Kladzyk shared a video of a polling place with no curbside voting. “No express curbside voting at El Paso County Coliseum yet, they are having issues with the voting machine and voters are being directed inside.”
If you experience any issues when going to vote, you can contact Election Protection on 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) with any voting questions/issues.