Election Day Dispatches

9:15 p.m.
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.

Due to some of those said problems, polls are remaining open late in some parts of Connecticut, Illinois, North Carolina and South Dakota.

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 |

Alabama: About 100 Madison Co. voters turned away when poll inspectors cant' contact registrars for provisional ballots

Arizona: Election Day: Some problems with polling places

Arkansas: ACLU concerned voter ID standards compromised at polls

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

Connecticut: Judge extends voting hours at 2 Hartford polling places | Voters given wrong ballots in Naugatuck

Florida: Voters, poll workers face a few wrinkles for Election Day on First Coast

Georgia: Counties gear up for long night to count votes | Parking a headache at Gaines School polling place | Georgia SoS voter info website crashes on Election Day

Hawaii: Some minor delays reported at two Oahu polling places

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?

Indiana: Greenwood power outage forced voters elsewhere | Indiana candidate arrested at polling site for stealing signs

Iowa: Fan fire responsible for polling place move | No "I Voted' stickers for Polk Co. voters

Kansas: Overland Park woman faces computer problems at her polling place | Election Update: SoS race

Kentucky: BOE headquarters monitors voting, ensuring smooth run

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

Maryland: Voter turnout steady, 44 complaints about machines | Edgewater Elem. polling place evacuated briefly

Massachusetts: Man reported shot near Dorchester polling place

Michigan: Church defends 'Vote Biblically' sign posted near polling place | No 'I Voted' stickers in Bay Co.'s Monitor Township

Missouri: Rain appears to have kept some from Greene Co. polling places

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

New York: Few problems reported at city polling sites

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'

North Dakota: Problems at polling places include voter ID complaints, campaigning

Ohio: Cuyahoga Co. BOE ready to tackle tech hiccups | Law doesn't stop sex offenders from voting in schools | Voting precinct used as educational resource | AP: Husted wins SoS race

Pennsylvania: Problems with voting machines in Fayette Co. | Wrong ballots in Fayette Co. voting precincts

South Carolina: Aiken Co. residents give mixed reviews at the polls

South Dakota: Election results delayed tonight | Polls closing an hour late | Two Shannon Co. polling sites open late, delay results

Tennessee: Memphis veteran turned away from polling location

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

Wisconsin: Polling place posts controversial sign | No major issues at Milwaukee polling places | GAB: Possible record turnout


7:00 p.m.
We’re late! It’s been a lot of story searching and we know we haven’t gotten everything, but here is what we have as some polls on the East Coast start to close and in other states, poll workers start looking at the clock!

The biggest news out of this installment, and there is a ton of “small” news is that a judge has ordered that two polling places in Hartford, Connecticut will remain open until 8:30 p.m., 30 minutes past the typical closing time.

And although we’re hearing some anecdotal reports of problems with voter ID, we’ve not really seen too many news reports about issues. If you have information, please let us know.

We'll be back around 9:30 p.m. Eastern and then we're going to bed.

Here is your abbreviated (in write up, but not links) update:

National News: Facebook's 'I Voted" Election Day sticker isn't evil | Voting problems 2014: Bomb threats, website crashes, ballot irregularities mark midterm elections snafus

Arizona: Closed polling site reopens

Arkansas: Election Day brisk across Twin Lakes area

California: Early surveys of polls show drop in turnout, fewer mail votes than 2010 | Contra Costa election site part of nationwide crash | East Bay voters trickle into polling places on Election Day | Evacuation lifted

Colorado: Election officials stop advising students to check on scholarship status before registering

Connecticut: Same-day registration attracts last minute voters | Registrars: Same-day registration not a quick process

Florida: Miami-Dade precincts running smoothly on Election Day | Sarasota Co. election officials monitor issue at one precinct | Some confusion reported about poll locations

Georgia: Workers at Timothy Road poll prefer busy voting days

Illinois: Election officials: No major problems at Illinois polling sites | City breaks down door of polling place after owners fail to show

Indiana: Lunch hour brings out voters despite rainfall | Delays cause backups as voters line up early to vote

Iowa: Glitches, an unplugged machine hamper Dubuque Co. voting

Kansas: Reporting from the polls

Kentucky: Officials: Few problems, steady election turnout

Louisiana: Monroe voting machines have problems early on Election day

Maryland: Steady lines seen at Maryland polls

Massachusetts: Wait times at polls usually not that bad in Mass. | South Shore poll workers see unusually high voter turnout

Michigan: Voter registration list problems at some precinct | Norton Shores election glitch turns away some voters

Minnesota: Electronic poll books tested today in Minnesota

Mississippi: Forrest Co. voting precincts report no morning problems

Missouri: Strong turnout surprises poll workers in Newton Co.  

Nebraska: At election office, calm behind the storms

New Hampshire: Derry poll worker ousted for comments

New Jersey: Candidate portraits hang behind voting booth | Officials: Problems reported at some polling machines in Paterson, Clifton, Passaic

New Mexico: Voter turnout moderate so far, lines getting longer

New York: I voted, where's my sticker | Voter fatigue: Poll workers log long days

Ohio: Election officials say voting going smoothly

Oklahoma: Despite locked doors and rain, Sand Springs precinct workers find a way

Oregon: Multnomah Co. voters could swamp elections office with more than 100K ballots today | Election-day changes to traffic patterns in Beaverton and Hillsboro

Pennsylvania: Crash forces use of generators to power voting machines in Saint Lawrence | Workers fail to show at Chester polling place

Rhode Island: BOE allows voter who complained of ballot tampering to cast ballot | RI election officials report few problems at polls

South Carolina: Few problems reported at polls in Richland, Lexington | Waits of up to 15 minutes reported at Cayce UMC poll

Texas: Voting machine glitch slows ballot counting at Montrose precinct | Bexar County ballot missing Greg Abbott's name appears to be photoshopped | Gregg Co. elections officials say polls are very busy | Travis Co. clerk: No problems at the polls

Washington: Tight campaigns prompt voter privacy questions | Elections staff preparing for ballot rush

Wisconsin: Polls 'extremely busy' official says


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


11:30 a.m.
Polls are now open from coast to coast with Alaska and Hawaii coming onboard shortly.

There have been scattered reports of lines and problems throughout the morning and some of the earlier problems such as the ones in Hartford, Connecticut and Floyd County, Indiana have been resolved.

Voters in polling places in several different states faced lines during early morning voting. Voters in Bull Shoals, Arkansas were forced to wait almost an hour to cast their ballot due to mostly to turnout, but also to the malfunction of a voting machine.

Long ballots in Fayette County, Kentucky were contributing to long lines at polling places as voters sorted through their choices.

Technical glitches during the early morning rush delayed voters in Topeka and Shawnee County, Kansas.

In Georgia, thanks to a tightly contested race for U.S. Senate, voters were reporting longer than normal lines. During the early morning hours, vote wait times of up to 40 minutes were not uncommon. One of the more interesting problems faced voters casting ballots on the campus of Georgia Tech. While voters were told they would not be charged for parking if wearing an “I Voted” sticker, some voters complained to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that they were charged.

While there were several pre-election problems in Illinois, from questionable robo-calls to election judges and a last-minute lawsuit in Rock Island County, Election Day, by-and-large seems to be going smoothly although there have been some reported problems in Chicago. And in a shocking twist, a voter in Peoria complained about not getting an “I Voted” sticker.

Based on early reports, there didn’t seem to be any issues with Virginia’s new voter ID law, but there were problems with voting machines in several jurisdictions in the southern part of the state.

And in the District of Columbia, someone broke into a polling location in the Southeast section of city overnight and stole four electronic poll books. The poll books were replaced in time for voting and a spokesperson for the D.C. Board of Elections said that the voter information on the computers could not be accessed without being connected to the DCBOE’s network.

National News: Election tests new rules on voting

Arkansas: One-hour wait to vote in Bull Shoals | Confusion at Fort Smith polling site leaves voters upset | Rain could hurt Election Day turnout

California: What makes a polling place in L.A.?

Colorado: 13 more polling places opened in El Paso Co.

Connecticut: Polls working smoothly after voters report problems | Hartford voters report slew of problems at polls | Voters report problems at several polling places

District of Columbia: DC election board reports theft of voter books | Voter info stolen in Southeast DC?

Florida: A few wrinkles so far on Election Day in Duval Co. | Polling places see a steady stream of voters as doors open

Georgia: Fulton Co. voting machine glitch corrected, turnout 'normal' | Election day brings long lines, sporadic problems

Hawaii: Stalled lava eases Election Day fears for disaster-weary Puna

Illinois: Voters report problems at Chicago polling locations | Voters trickling into polling places under dreary sky | No voting sticker disappoints Peoria voter

Indiana: Floyd Co. opens all voting locations after computer problems | Official: Mostly smooth Election Day in Indiana

Iowa: A few ballot counters down in Ames; votes still taken

Kansas: Polling places steady throughout Wichita | Voters complain of delays at polling places

Kentucky: Long ballots mean lines at some Fayette voting polls

Maryland: Elections board: Voting smooth in Maryland so far

New York: Buffalo polling site opens late, voters delayed

North Carolina: Minor voting machine problem reported at Kiser precinct

Pennsylvania: Cumberland Co. voter says polling machine switched vote | Voters streaming into Pittsburgh-area polls | Voters confused at Manchester Township polling places

South Carolina: Few problems at Richland, Lexington voting precincts | Some Clover, Lake Wylie voter registration cards incorrect

Texas: Voting machines down at Pecan Valley Elementary School

Vermont: Montpelier adds extra voting machines

Virginia: Rep. Rigell: Voting machine problems in 2nd District | Several voters report machine errors in Hampton Roads | Voting irregularities reported in Virginia Beach | First-time Richmond voter Terry McAuliffe presents his driver's license as ID


 8:30 a.m.
Good morning America! Polls are open (or opening up) throughout the Eastern and Central time zones. We’ll update the listing of stories throughout the day and keep you posted via these occasional dispatches.

Of course, if anything big breaks, we’ll  let you know about that as soon as possible.

Anecdotally so far things seem to be going relatively well at polling places throughout the Eastern and Central time zones, although there have been some issues.

In Prince Edward County, Virginia, General Registrar Dale Bolt passed away last night and state and other county officials are helping out. Our sincerest condolences to his family.

Voters in Hartford, Connecticut — including Gov. Dan Malloy—faced a series of problems this morning when they arrived to vote. According to the secretary of state’s office, the City of Hartford did not distribute voting lists to the polling places so it was impossible for voters to check in when they arrived.

In D.C. there are discrepancies between the voter’s guide and the Board of Elections list of polling places for one site in the Northwest section of the city. Fortunately the two sites are only a block or so apart.

Some polling sites in Caddo Parish, Louisiana got late starts because officials weren’t able to start the set up process until late yesterday when schools were let out.

Technical issues have closed four of 11 vote centers in Floyd County, Indiana. Technicians are working to correct the problems and voters do have the option of visiting one of the county’s other vote centers. All is quiet in Muncie, although there was some late set-up work.

Five Coastal Maine towns had to relocate polling places at the last minute due to a snow storm that had knocked out power to the original polling places.

And all polling places on The Big Island of Hawaii will be open today even though the schools that house the polling places may be closed do to the creeping lava flow.