Broken Machines to Violent Threats Among Voting Problems
Voting machine glitches, long lines and misinformation were among the problems that voters faced at the polls on Tuesday.
The cause of the problems ran the gamut from human error to threatened violence to technological errors to Mother Nature as storms pummeled several states in the South.
The issues added more chaos to a bitterly fought election that will decide who controls the Senate, House and hundreds of down-ticket races.
Here’s what you should know about Election Day voting issues:
LONG LINES, 911 CALL
Long lines and malfunctioning machines marred voting in some precincts across the U.S. Some voters reported waiting up to three hours to vote, with some of the biggest problems in Georgia and New York.
In South Carolina, a woman said she called 911 after waiting outside her polling place for 45 minutes to get help because she’s disabled.
Not even Georgia’s state election boss was immune from voting problems.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is also the state’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, had an issue with his voter card when he went to cast his ballot, but it was fixed quickly. He walked by reporters and said: “Take 2.”