Voting Glitches Start Early on Election Day from Time/CNN
“Problems crop up across the country as poll workers tangle with new voting machines and databases.
Programming errors and inexperience dealing with electronic voting machines frustrated poll workers in hundreds of precincts Tuesday, delaying voters in several states and leaving some with little choice but to use paper ballots instead. Many of the problems occurred as polls opened.”
Polling places turn to paper ballots after glitches from CNN
“Programming errors and inexperience dealing with electronic voting machines frustrated poll workers in hundreds of precincts early Tuesday, delaying voters in Indiana, Ohio and Florida and leaving some with little choice but to use paper ballots instead.
In Cleveland, voters rolled their eyes as election workers fumbled with new touchscreen machines that they couldn’t get to start properly until about 10 minutes after polls opened.
“We got five machines — one of them’s got to work,” said Willette Scullank, a troubleshooter from the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, elections board.
In Indiana’s Marion County, about 175 of 914 precincts turned to paper ballots because poll workers didn’t know how to run the machines, said Marion County Clerk Doris Ann Sadler. She said it could take most of the day to fix all of the machine-related issues.
Election officials in Delaware County, Indiana, extended voting hours because voters initially couldn’t cast ballots in 75 precincts. County Clerk Karen Wenger said the cards that activate the push-button machines were programmed incorrectly but the problems were fixed by late morning.
Pennsylvania’s Lebanon County also extended polling hours because a programming error forced some voters to cast paper ballots.”
CHAOS: Problems worsen, Dems seek voting extension from the Denver Post
“On a day already rife with computer glitches, long lines, and legal appeals to extend voting in Denver, provisional ballots are now running out at some Denver voting centers.”
Widespread computer problems were reported, some shutting down entire voting centers, but the problems appeared to ease after 2 P.M. Democratic party leaders are in court this afternoon, seeking a two-hour extension for voting in Denver, because many were kept from casting their vote. “
Deerfield Beach voters frustrated by bad electronic ballots from the Miami Herald
“Dozens of voters who came to the Deerfield Beach Tower Club Teen Center to cast their votes this morning walked away angry, as 10 of 14 voting booths failed to work — all of them for voters in District 23A.
”I have two words for them — paper ballots!” said election volunteer John Miller, 78, who said he has worked at area elections the past 10 years. “I come from New England and they’re still using paper ballots. They have no problems.”
Only three people had voted when all 14 machines stopped working. After about 45 minutes, voters in Precinct 26A were able to cast ballots on four machines. But most voters, those in Precinct 23A, were out of luck until about 8:30 a.m., when technicians brought at least some machines back on line.
In the meantime, many would-be voters left, livid.”
Glitch to keep polls open until 9 p.m. from Lancaster online in Pennsylvania
“As of 10:30 this morning, 57 out of the county’s 275 eScan machines — the “paper ballot” machines — were malfunctioning. That’s about 21 percent. The machines are in polling places throughout the county.As a result, county officials decided by late morning to keep all the county’s 232 polling places open until 9 p.m.”