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Reports of voting glitches



This just in: already a voter protection group is threatening legal action in Broward County. The Electronic Frontier Foundation says it may sue in order to keep a Deerfield Beach precinct open past 7 p.m. The foundation says problems with turning on the electronic touchscreen machines kept the precinct from opening on time. More as updates become available.

Elections officials are reporting smooth elections in Florida’s 67 counties, but by 10 a.m. this morning, 457 Floridians had called into a hotline sponsored by the citizens watchdog group Common Cause to report problems at the polls. (Other groups will be releasing the results of their call-in centers throughout the day).

In the Tampa Bay area, 34 calls came in from Pinellas, 24 from Hillsborough, seven from Pasco, three from Hernando and two from Citrus.

In particular, Common Cause of Florida highlighted a complaint out of Broward County in particular and provided a transcript:

“Hello. At precinct 8026 in Deerfield Beach, FL, all the machines were down and all the people standing in line were unable to vote.  Only 2 voters were able to vote, and then the machines went down, so we all just stood around and those of us who had to go to work had to leave.”

Nationally, the states reporting the highest number of calls were Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, Maryland and Arizona.

The most common complaints involve:
* Registration - voters arrive at the polls and find their names not on the list;
* Identification - there’s confusion about acceptable forms of ID and in some places whether ID is even required at all;
* Machines - people are having trouble both with electronic touchscreen machines and with the scanners on the optical scanner equipment.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:38am]


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