Election Day Dispatches
Polls are now closed in the Eastern and Central time zones and elections officials are busy tallying votes. We’ll have plenty more news and information for you tomorrow morning, but for now, we’ll follow-up on some issues from polling places around the country.
We began the day with the sad news of the passing of Prince Edward County, Virginia General Registrar Dale Bolt and unfortunately we must end the day with news of the passing of Atlantic County, New Jersey elections chair Paula Dunn died today. Dunn had been sick much of the year.
As in previous reports, by-and-large it’s been a relatively smooth day, although as always there have been scattered problems reported at the polls in states from coast-to-coast.
As we noted previously, in early reports from voter ID states, there were few, if any problems with new photo ID laws, although as NPR’s Pam Fessler noted, we’ll never know about those voters who failed to show up today because they didn’t have an ID.
It is too early to have any hard results in secretary of state races and election-related ballot initiatives, but the Associated Press has called the Ohio race for incumbent Secretary of State Jon Husted and in Kansas, one local media outlet referred to the secretary of state as a dead heat.
In Colorado, which was conducting its first vote-by-mail/vote center election, the Statewide Colorado Registration and Election system needed to be rebooted due to technical problems that had slowed the vote at vote centers all day.
And to finish up our dispatches for the day, electionline wants it noted that we’ve heard far too many stories about voters not getting their “I Voted” stickers.
A complete round-up of news and information from 9:00 p.m. is below:
National News: Election problems cause delays, confusion | The weirdest and coolest polling places in America | Activists bemoan voting glitches | Stuck on You: 'I Voted' stickers are hot commodity, cool |
California: Electronic voting machine replace in Bonny Doon after it records false vote | Voting unplugged (briefly) at Marshall Elementary | Santa Clara Co. largely votes by mail | Power outage momentarily dims voting at San Fernando polling places | County elections site experiences problems throughout day | School lockdown temporarily closes polling location in Donna
Colorado: Newspaper owner told not to take photos at polling center | Amid controversy, Gessler visits Boulder Co. clerk's office | State voter verification system back online | Scattered election computer problems reported
Illinois: Touch-screen voting machines fixed in most McHenry Co. voting locations | Electronic voting machines unpopular | 5 Lake Co. polling places will remain open until 9 p.m. following lawsuit | Court says Lake Co. broke election rules | Didn't get an 'I Voted' sticker? Here's why?
Louisiana: Voting machine problems in DAs race checked | Poll problems: Machine malfunctions reported in Caddo, Bossier | Voters sent to registrar's office instead of precinct | Polling location chagnes cause confusion
Massachusetts: Man reported shot near Dorchester polling place
Montana: Voters get registered, cast ballots
New Jersey: Atlantic Co. elections chair dies on Election Day | Judges: Burlington Co. mail-in ballots can be counted | Somerset Dems challenge 17 absentee ballots | Morris Court hears few disputes between voters and polls
North Carolina: Several voting machines down in Thomasville | Election officials said not all machines were down at polling station | Glitch reported in Charlotte precinct | NC BOE holds emergency meeting; extends hours of 1 Robeson Co. precinct | State BOE reports few problems | Two-car wreck at polling site sends 2 to hospital | Robeson Co. precinct remains open till 8:15 | Wake Co. clears voters flagged as 'likely non-citizens'
South Carolina: Aiken Co. residents give mixed reviews at the polls
Texas: Voting irregularities: Jefferson Co. GOP decry voting machine problems | Voters dealing with lockdowns, broken computers at polling locations | Taylor Co. voters react to new polling places | Garage doubles as Election Day voting precinct | I voted. Where's my sticker
Virginia: Voting machine problems in Newport News, Va. Beach | State: 32 machines at 25 Va. Beach precincts had problems | Roanoke Valley voters remember to turn up with photo ID | New photo ID leads to some temporary IDs, provisional ballots
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