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Election Day 2016 Dispatches

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9 a.m. Update

Good morning! Polls are now open throughout three time zones and much of the country is now voting. Although there were reports of early morning lines and a few problems here and there, nothing different than a typical Election Day in America.

Voting machines in several Connecticut towns weren’t functioning, so voters continued to vote and their ballots were put in auxiliary bins to be counted at the end of the day. Also in Hartford, a voter was hit by a truck around 6:10 this morning. According to local police, the voter suffered a minor head wound and was taken to a nearby hospital.

Problems were reported with voting machines in several precincts in Sedgwick County, Kansas. “We have technicians on the way, and we are resolving issues, but people can still vote paper ballots,” Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman told KFDI.

Voters faced problems in multiple Greene County, Ohio polling places including connectivity problems with check-in iPads. The iPads need to be re-booted which is causing lines. “We’re sending out board workers to the longest lines to help make them move quicker,” Llyn McCoy, deputy director of the county board of elections told Cox Media.

A voting location in Sapulpa, Oklahoma lost power early this morning. Voting was not interrupted though with the board of elections providing lighting and ballots being placed in a secure box for later counting.

In other power-related news, a downed pole with live wires limited access to a polling place in the Louisville-area of Kentucky. One voter reported to a local television station that access to the polling place was limited to those on foot.

And as we noted in our preview last week, there are always the unknown unknowns and we would classify topless women at a polling place in New York City as rather unexpected.

National News: As millions vote, thousands monitor polls for problems | Cyber issues loom for security experts as voting begins | Inside the secret command center tracking Election Day cyber threats | Competing claims of voter fraud, intimidation raise tensions

Arkansas: Judge allows poll watching from election commissioners

California: Offbeat polling places

Connecticut: Broken voting machines in several locations | Wow, that's a long line | Voter hit by truck outside of polling place

Florida: Orange and Seminole counties gear up for big Election Day | Scanner problem in Duval County | Poll workers prepare for busy Election Day | Polls are open in South Florida | 4,300 Duval County voters get wrong polling location info

Georgia: It's Election Day and the polls are open | Lines are already forming

Illinois: Voters line up at the polls | Polls ready for the crowds | Polling places open in the suburbs

Indiana: Historic election: 'I've never seen anything like this' | Poll workers prepare for Election Day | Polls open for Election Day | Polling place temporarily closed? It's normal | Polling places open in Madison County

Kansas: Voting machine issues reported in Sedgwick Co. | Polls open across Kansas

Kentucky: Downed poles and live wires limit access to polling location

Michigan: Polls open for Election Day

New York: Polls at PS38 in Brooklyn fail to open, residents irate | Voters report problems to Crown Heights polling station | Bare-chested protestors removed from polling site

North Carolina: After early morning issues, electronic voting machines running again in Hallsboro

Ohio: Ohio goes to the polls | Election Day arrives as polls open in Ohio | Multiple reports of issues at Greene Co. polling locations | Ohio polls open, some with lines

Oklahoma: Sapulpa polling place loses power on Election Day

Pennsylvania: The quiet before the storm

South Carolina: How to avoid long lines on Election Day | Spartanburg Co. voters begin casting their ballots | Long lines form as polls open

Texas: 'I Voted' from space | US Department of Justice sends election observers to Dallas County

Tennessee: Retiring election tech surprised with breakfast

Virginia: Huge voting lines form in Arlington | Voters line up early