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Election Day 2014 Dispatches

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2:30 p.m.
Polls are now open everywhere but in Guam (4 p.m. Eastern). As with earlier dispatches, by-and-large voting continues to go smoothly from coast to coast but of course there have been some issues.

As we reported earlier election judges in Illinois received “malicious” robocalls over the weekend and according to local news reports more than 100 election judges failed to show up for duty and the city had to employ 250 stand-by judges. Chicago Board of Election Commissioners Chairman Langdon Neal said the reliance on stand-by judges shouldn’t impact the election.

We’ve had our first report of a gun at a polling place. A voter in Shelby County, Alabama was arrested for openly carrying a holstered pistol into a polling place. The voter, a member of a gun rights group, encountered a sheriff’s deputy in the hallway and ultimately surrendered his weapon to the deputy. All polling places have signs posted that prohibit guns.

In Connecticut, fallout from the late opening at Hartford polls continues. Gov. Dan Malloy, who is on the ballot for re-election, has asked a judge to keep the polling places in Hartford open until 9 p.m.

There are reports out of several jurisdictions in Wisconsin about long lines due to the heavy turnout. There have been no reports of issues with the state’s on-again, off-again voter ID law.

Although the secretary of state’s office is predicting a low voter turnout statewide, officials in Saint Louis County, Missouri had to print additional paper ballots as polling places reported shortages. The elections office typically plans for 15 percent of voters at each polling place to request paper ballots, but according to Rita Days, Democratic director of elections, for some reason more voters were choosing paper.

As with every election there have been a hodgepodge of unexpected issues affecting voting. In Tucson, Arizona a gas leak closed one polling place. Los Angeles County, California voters were evacuated from a polling place after a bomb threat. In Brentwood, Pennsylvania, a small fire in a polling place caused a bit of a scare that closed the polls for about 40 minutes. And in Volusia County, Florida there was a report of an attempted abduction outside of a polling place.

More stories are below:

National News: Ga., Conn.: Voting irregularities reported on Election Day

Alabama: Birmingham precinct gains extra voters after another polling place is vandalized | Pelham voter wearing holstered pistol arrested at church polling site | Florence polling site loses power for brief time, all restored now

Arizona: Gas leak closes polling place

California: Many San Francisco poll workers are too young to vote | Brisk start at one central voting location | High school, polling place evacuated following bomb threat

Connecticut: Malloy campaign asks judge to extend Hartford voting by an hour | Wrong ballots handed out at some polling places

Florida: Miami-Dade counting absentee ballots; precinct changes confuse voters | Possible attempted abduction outside Volusia polling place | Shorter lines at polls on Election Day in central Florida | Voting hits one early snag in West Palm Beach, smooth elsewhere | Incomplete midterm election ballot found in Broward voting precinct

Georgia: Lil Jon flew cross country to vote after not receiving absentee ballot | Some voter confusion reported in Hall Co.

Illinois: McHenry County scrambling to fix touch-screen voting machine problem | Scattered reports of glitches as voters head to polls | 'Malicious' robocalls leave Chicago short of election judges

Indiana: Machine malfunction makes for rocky start at South Bend polling place | From the polls: Experiences of voters, candidates and poll workers | Election report: Additional voting machines sent to poll centers | Marion Co. reports no major problems on Election Day

Iowa: Iowans share tastes in candidates, polling place treats | Mason City voters arrive early at the polls

Kansas: Minor kinks reported at Johnson Co. polling places | Prairie Hills Middle School voting place requires more signs

Kentucky: Voters face long lines at precincts in Fayette Co. | Officials: Few problems, steady election turnout | Voting 'steady' across state, county

Louisiana: Morning voter turnout heavy; some confusion, minimal problems

Maryland: Voting machine taken offline at Annapolis High | SBE gets 25 vote-flipping reports | Maryland voters find no wait times at many polling places during early hours of Election Day

Massachusetts: Springfield election officials report steady morning at polling places | Several Somerville precincts see new polling places

Minnesota: Yes, you can take a picture of your ballot

Mississippi: No waiting in line to vote, secretary of state reports | Hosemann: Election running 5x5, few problems reported | Electronic pollbooks cause headaches in debut in Harrison Co. precinct

Missouri: Voting machine jams at Morgan Co. precinct | St. Louis Co. scrambles to print more ballots after shortage

New Jersey: Broken Machines: In Montclair, a wrinkle with a replaced machine

New York: Polling machine rejects Schneiderman's writing, frustration ensues | What voters think of new technology tested in three CNY polling places | Sparse morning turnout on Staten Island for Election Day 2014 | Bad batch of ballots forces hand counting in New Hartford

North Carolina: 400 volunteers monitor polling places

Pennsylvania: Voting machines go down in Maxatawny precinct | 27 vote in wrong race in Fayette Co.| Philly DA says election fraud investigators out in full force | Fire, smoke cause scare at local polling place  

Rhode Island: North Kingstown polling place sees busy morning

South Carolina: Some flaws reported at Richland Co. polling places | No major voting problems reported so far

Tennessee: Few issues reported at Rutherford polling places

Texas: Voters turn out early in Dallas to make dry run at polls, while others brave the rain

Virginia: Minor glitches reported on Election Day | Calibration to blame for voting issues in Virginia Beach, Newport News

Wisconsin: Voting is brisk, lines at most polls | Dozens of voters mistake Zeidler building as their polling place | Heavy turnout reported in early voting across NE Wisconsin | 'Hectic' election day seeing few problems at Winnebago polls