Friday, January 19, 2018
Politics

Equipment glitches, registration problems and long lines at polls

Colorado

Pueblo: The state's secretary of state was investigating after a dozen complaints that a voting machine changed as many as 12 voters to Barack Obama, KRDO reported. The county clerk said the problem has affected choices for both presidential candidates.

District of Columbia

Washington: A Democratic committee's automated call to voters said the election was Wednesday, not Tuesday. The committee said a Chicago vendor recorded the message, which ran to some voters Monday night. When the list was resumed Tuesday morning, the "tomorrow" wasn't changed, dcist.com reported. An updated message was sent out.

Ohio

Cleveland: Voting equipment was down in parts of Cleveland and several suburbs, the Plain Dealer reported. Election officials said voters would be asked to put ballots in a gray box that would be counted later.

Franklin County: Franklin County rejected a Houston-based group from monitoring polls after falsified applications were found. Voter advocates said True the Vote told volunteers to use cameras to intimidate voters when they entered the polling place, to record their names on tablet computers and to attempt to stop questionably qualified voters before they could cast votes.

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia: Large numbers of registered voters were not being shown on the city's books and were asked to cast provisional ballots, election workers and observers told Philadelphia CityPaper. The problems followed reports that election officials had not processed up to 20,000 voter registrations just two weeks before the vote.

• A judge ordered that all Republican poll watchers be allowed into Philadelphia polling places after reports that they were being excluded from some locations by Democrats.

Perry County: A video circulated on the Internet appeared to show a voter trying three times to select the option for Barack Obama on a voting machine's screen, and being automatically redirected each time to Mitt Romney. Ron Ruman, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of State, said the malfunctioned only once, for just one voter. The machine was then recalibrated and made available to other voters.

Texas

Galveston County: A state district judge ruled that county residents could cast their ballots until 8:54 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. in response to widespread delays earlier in the morning.

Virginia

Prince William County: Voters waited in line up to four hours, said Betty Weimer, general registrar for the county. "If they are in line at 7, they can vote," she said.

Wisconsin

Milwaukee: A handful of precincts ran out of ballots or experienced equipment malfunctions, including one caused by an "I Voted!" sticker that slipped into the machinery. Most of the problems were fixed within an hour.

Information from the Washington Post and New York Times was used in this report.

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