Casting a ballot can be a profoundly moving exercise of a sacred right -- and a pain in the neck as well. Election Day brought electoral glitches in multiple states. Florida, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Virginia reported issues of some kind, from faulty voting machines to an alleged assault.
In Broward County, Florida, the Crist for Governor campaign filed an emergency motion to extend voting hours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tampa Bay Times reporter Amy Hollyfield tweeted. The campaign cited several factors, including delays in voting, in its request for an emergency extension. The request to extend voting hours was denied, the Miami Herald said.
In North Carolina, a precinct in Maxton ran out of ballots. They had to close for nearly 45 minutes. They were only given 500 ballots even though there are 2,500 registered voters, WRAL.com said. Since 60 or 70 voters were turned away, they were permitted to stay open until 8:15 p.m. EST. In most districts, anyone who was still in line when polls officially closed was allowed to remain at the polling place and cast a ballot.
New Hampshire didn’t have any apparent problems with voting, but there was a physical scuffle after a member of the New Hampshire Attorney General's office was assaulted at polls in Newmarket, Union Leader editor Trent Spiner tweeted. One person was placed in custody.
Voting machines caused a disturbance at 43 locations in Virginia, ABC news affiliate 13News Now wrote. State Department of Elections spokesman Cameron Sasnett said the machines are nearly 10 years old and the city is in the process of replacing them. The machines were reportedly fixed before residents cast their votes, but not everyone was convinced.
"I was voting at Corporate Landing Middle School & a polling volunteer was on the machine next to me telling other workers that the machine was marking the x in the candidate below the one she was selecting,” a Virginia resident wrote on 13News Now’s Facebook page.
Another added, "The screens aren't well calibrated. My vote for Warner first registered as Gillespie. It's not a partisan thing. It's tech needing some upkeep."
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