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Tuesday, 06 November 2012

November 6, 2012

8:10 Update

National News
: Instagram users post photos of their ballots, which is illegal in many states | On Election Day eve, Federal Circuit finds voting machine patent claim invalid | Long lines, sporadic snags in U.S. election | Election Day unfolds on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube | Voting problems: Issues cropping up in spots around U.S.

Alabama: Strong turnout by voters in Alabama

California: Voting machine overload in San Mateo County | Checking in on voters | Thinking outside the ballot box | Complaints about voter ID demands | Online registration causes signature matching issue for mail ballots | No voters at these polls | Palm Springs voters report ballots already filled out in president's race | Watchdogs, elections officials say nothing out of line at polling stations | Posh polling place in Brentwood: Valet parking, smoked salmon | Polling place relocated due to nearby fire

Connecticut: Many voters take advantage of absentee ballots

District of Columbia: DC-region voters greeted with lines, equipment problems at polls

Florida: Phone lines, electricity go out temporarily at Hillsborough elections office | Polls closed and the counting begins after a long day of voting | Bennett takes early lead in Manatee supervisor of elections race | Election Day is a family affair

Illinois: In labor, pregnant woman stops to vote before giving birth | Chicago elections officials apologize for polling place confusion | Poll worker threatened

Indiana: Poll workers show their support

Kansas: Wichita polling places report a few problems and long lines

Louisiana: Voting issues arise at polling places

Maine: Lincoln poll workers count two tasty meals

Maryland: Talbot County polling places stay busy

Michigan: Complaints of voter registration exaggerated, some clerks say

Minnesota: Key St. Louis County returns could be slow | Election judge instructions go too far

Mississippi: 1000s of vote forms sitting in circuit clerk's office

Missouri: South St. Louis polling place has electronic voting machine issues | Voting machine problems reported in St. Charles County | Problems cause at least 150 to leave 2 St. Louis polling places withoug voting

Montana: Long voter registration lines across Montana

Nebraska: Long lines reported at some Nebraska voting sites

New Hampshire: Voter ID law no problem for most Keene voters | Poll workers see long lines near election close

New Mexico: Most local polling places reporting few problems

New York: Greenburgh adjusts to new voting machines | Voting after Sandy | 'Inspiring,' 'insane' describe New York polling places in Sandy's wake | Few issues at new polling places

North Carolina: Observers watch for voting problems | Poll worker mistake caused fears of fraud, but no double-vote

Ohio: Ohio faces controversy over voting machines | Judge rejects lawsuit's Ohio voting software claim | Memory card creates voting machine problems

Oregon: Secretary of state: 6 ballots were tampered with in Clackamas County

Pennsylvania: Perry County voting machine registered Romney when voter pushed button for Obama | Pa. machine that switched presidential votes repaired, back online | Board of elections resolves voting machine malfunction at Davis | Voter ID wasn't required today, but 'confusion remains' | Incorrect voter-ID info at Delco polling places | Voters report problems with long lines, confusion over voter ID laws | Sunny Election Day attracts huge turnout, some confused about voter ID | Some Perkasie voters not asked for ID

Rhode Island: RI official says lines not due to new voter ID law

South Carolina: Friarsgate Park voting lines | Polls close in SC, votes being tallied after busy Election Day

Tennessee: Monitors report Tenn. voting snags but not over ID

Texas: Voting machine problems reported in Texas | Galveston County voting extended two hours | Tension over voter ID at Calallen polling place

Virginia: Voters in Virginia take to the polls on Microsoft Surface | Few problems reported with new voter ID laws | Stafford voter gets unwelcome news in the mail | Richmond voting sticker: E pluribus erratum

West Virginia: Berkeley County clerk's voter registration office overwhelmed with calls | Voters, poll workers bundle up at Stonewall Middle



5:30 p.m. Update

National News: Posting photo of your ballot online? It's a crime in some states | Ballot and polling place photos: Think before you Instagram | Diversity marks polling places across the nation

Alabama: Jefferson county workers redeployed to assist at polls

Arkansas: Early morning voting machine glitches fixed | No ID? There's a way to still obtain a ballot in Arkansas

California: Voter problems in Palm Springs | Voting snags in Southern California: No machines, requests for ID | Voter ID controversy | Voter ID? Father apparently didn't know best | More than 5K call secretary of state voter hotline with questions, complaints | SF polling place report: Playing children, unpleasant cops

Colorado: Colorado voting machines cleared

Connecticut: Merrill: Polling places in good shape

District of Columbia: ANC candidate arrested for assault outside polling place | Marion Barry calls for investigation into elections board

Florida: Ballots, jammed scanners delay voting in Lee County | Hillsborough County supervisor of elections office endures Election Day problems | Rain clears, lines continue at many precincts | Mysterious robo calls telling voters today: vote tomorrow | Long lines, drizzle greet Central Florida voters | Lines? What lines? Most afternoon voting is smooth sailing in Indian River | West Palm pregnant voter passes out in line, votes by absentee | Florida woman almost banned from voting for wearing M.I.T. t-shirt | Elections super: 'Try to be patient' | Hillsborough elections officials deal with glitchy phones

Georgia: Effingham elections go smoothly

Hawaii: State's Hawaii County election takeover in effect

Illinois: Residents say they were asked for ID before voting in violation of the law | Heavy traffic brings down Chicago elections board website

Indiana: Only minor problems reported locally on Election Day

Iowa: Voting in North Iowa, steady, brisk | Balky voting machines fixed in Dubuque | Grassley talks about voter ID requirement

Kentucky: Malfunctioning voting machine scanner in New Albany among glitches at polls | Grimes continues to monitor election returns | Several N. Ky. polling places running out of ballots

Louisiana: Registration mishap prevents SLCC students from voting | Louisiana holds too many elections, says Schedler

Maryland: Voters in line by 8pm can cast ballots | Pasadena poll get more voting machines to reduce lines

Massachusetts: Problem with voting machine in Rehoboth | Problem with voting machine slows voting at library

Michigan: Southfield Twp. voter appears to die, then asks 'Did I vote?' | Election Coalition receives 'hundreds' of calls about voting machine breakdowns | Some Southwest Detroit voters frustrated by change in polling location

Minnesota: Registered voter asked for photo ID | Voter ID race tightens up as the clock runs out | Scatter polling-place disruptions and problems reported

Mississippi: Hosemann reports brisk voter turnout statewide | Polls busy, day 'hectic' so far, election officials say

Missouri: Secretary of state trims website for election

Montana: Late voter registration lines reach 3 hour wait at MetraPark | Long voter registration lines in Billings | Line for same-day registration hits about 300 voters during lunch hour

Nebraska: Voters may encounter lines, but no problems at polls

New Hampshire: New voter ID law causing few problems, officials say | Long line for new voter registration in Raymond a harbinger of big turnout | New voters show up to vote all across NH

New Jersey: Voting machine problems force Middletown to use paper ballots | Lacking electricity at home, NJ residents wield power at voting both | Ocean County couple fighting MVC voter registration voting issue | Election official uses Hotmail to collect voter ballots | New Jersey's email voting experiences major glitches | In storm-battered New Jersey, a rolling polling place | Business as usual at Parsippany polling site

New York: Uptown voters face broken scanning machines and confusion while voting | New Yorkers encounter closed polling places, long lines | Some voters head to wrong polling places | Generator glitch causes delay at Rockaway polling site

North Carolina: Voter may have voted twice | Elections officials report few problems at polling sites

Ohio: Voting machine problem leads to voters not casting ballots | Paper jams plagued polling places in Cuyahoga County

Oregon: Washington County election officials warn voters not to use unofficial ballot drop-off sites

Pennsylvania: Election Day turnout strong; malfunctioning machine goes viral | Touchscreen problems effect voting machine in York Township | Malfunctioning machine in Union County switched votes | Voter ID creates confusion at York County polls | Judge bars voter ID questions outside polls | Voters report problems with long lines, confusion over voter ID law | Voter ID misinformation in Delaware Co | Philly poll workers partially cover Obama mural after court order | Philly DA investigating after GOP election workers removed from polling places

Rhode Island: Traffic bogs down secretary of state website

South Carolina: Richland Co. election officials scramble to fix voting problems | SC poll workers hand out confusing voter ID fact sheet | New system causes voter confusion in Clarendon

Texas: Voting machine power problems resolved at church | County clerk's office works to make elections run smooth | Tarrant elections boss says voting appears smooth

Vermont: Polling place evacuated in Barre due to propane leak

Virginia: Two Spotslyvania County precincts report voting machine issues | Bayview machine in Norfolk selects wrong candidate

Washington: Secretary of state to parties: Document all ballots you collect

West Virginia: Clerks adjust to polling places switch

Wisconsin: Voting machine malfunction hits Pewaukee | Broken voting machine at MLK Elementary adds to delays | Voting machine down briefly at Arlington Court | Some glitches, long lines and voter ID confusion at polls | Voting integrity hotline seeing 'usual array of complaints' | State elections board seeing no major problems | Elections officials say voting is going smoothly | Photo ID request at polling site result of confusion, commission says



1 p.m. Update

National News: Army of poll watchers for both parties deploys | Long lines, glitches galore as America votes | Technology broadens reach of 2012 elections

Alabama: Voting confusion as result of redistricting after 2010 census | Voter turnout strong statewide | Secretary of state: Rumor about straight-party voting not true

Arizona: Chandler polling place encounters problem with voting machine

California: Registrar of voters' office prepares for long night | Polls now open as Election Day arrives in Bay area | Man passes out at polling place in Sun City

Colorado: Long lines forming for Election Day voting | Long night ahead for Colorado election officials

Connecticut: Local voter turnout has been 'off the charts' so far | Connecticut voters streaming to polls Tuesday

District of Columbia: Cell-free zone | Lack of voting machines leading to long lines in D.C.

Florida: Hundreds of Pinellas voters get robo call from supervisor of elections day Election Day is Wednesday | Election Day in Clay County | Equipment malfunctions at elections office | Elections in Broward get off to smooth start | Heavy lines facing some voters | Three hour waits in Orange County | Volusia elections website crashes

Hawaii: State election officials keeping eye on Big Island voting

Illinois: Voting for two? | High volume of traffic brings down Chicago elections board website | Polling place confusion, moderate turnout kicks-off Election Day

Indiana: Voting machine problems delay some Fishers voters | Voters turning out at the polls

Iowa: Voting machines working after snag at local site | Iowa law allows Election Day voter registration

Kansas: Election Day in KC

Kentucky: 60 calls to Election fraud hotline

Louisiana: Jefferson Parish voters flock to polls, high turnout expected | Voters line up to cast ballots | Secretary of state's website mobile app back up

Maryland: Many options prove to be challenge for voting machines in Prince George's | Election Day updates | Election officials: Be prepared for lines; sample ballots allowed | Long lines, but moving

Massachusetts: Clerk's office delivers absentee ballots to 2 hospitalized voters

Michigan: Voting machine breaks in Ottawa County | Voting lines could be lengthy | Bay County commissioner get in fight outside of polling place | Voters towed while parked at Detroit polling location

Mississippi: No voter ID needed at polls today | Voters line up in Mississippi

Nevada: Clark County voters head to polls

New Hampshire: Heavy voter turnout in Manchester | Voter turnout starts early, remains heavy throughout morning | UNH students from all over exercise right to vote in NH | Traffic congestion at single polling site in Merrimack

New Jersey: Lack of voting machines, poor communication leads to frustration at polls in Hoboken | Passaic County judges dealing with election problems in wake of Sandy

New York: Too bad you can't travel back in time to use sweet 1900 voting machine | NY state election officials report few problems | Long lines form at polling places as displaced residents find ways to vote

North Carolina: Mostly smooth sailing in OC Election Day | Mecklenburg BOE reporting no problems at polls

Ohio: Long lines, machine issues being reported at polls | Polls are open, some problems | Ohio faces controversy over voting machines | Ohio warns of election disruption as judge hears complaint about voting equipment | True the Vote barred from Ohio polling stations | Voting equipment down at several locations in Cuyahoga County

Oregon: Election officials guard against tampering

Pennsylvania: Milford Township experiences early voting machine problems | Crawford voting officials deal with wrong signs, machine problems | Confusion at the polls with voter ID | Polls open all day in Pennsylvania, West Virginia | Voter challenge brings police to PAHS polling station | Droves of voters continue to turn out at Centre County precincts | Montco judge refuses to extend absentee ballot deadlines | Media being barred from polling sites | Flier sends Yorkers to wrong polling place | Big problems at Philly polling sites

Rhode Island: Tuesday is first big test of new voter ID law | In Cranston, lines long as poll workers check IDs | Traffic snarls RI secretary of state website

South Carolina: Election Day in SC | Number of voting machines an issue at Florence Precinct 9

Texas: Balky machines delay Galveston County vote | Local polling place problems

Utah: Voter's 'receipt' has Salt Lake County election staff on the hunt

Virginia: Officials address Norfolk voting machine issues | Voters test Microsoft's Surface as ballot machine | Update on Spotsy polling problems | Some voters expected 'drive-through' but waited in lines instead | Long wait at Chesapeake sites

West Virginia: Polls open all day in Pennsylvania, West Virginia



10 a.m.  Update

National News
: Why you cannot vote online today

Alabama: The polls are open in Birmingham and statewide

California: Polling places prepare for Southern California voters

Colorado: Church has anti-abortion display at polling place

Connecticut: Voters get out early in Stamford

District of Columbia: Election Day lines robust around the area

Florida: Long lines ready and waiting when polling places opened | Tampa Bay area voters head to polling places early

Georgia: Some polling places experiencing bottlenecks

Illinois: New polling places, unresponsive websites create confusion in Cook County

Indiana: Voting machine problems delay some voters | Some early voters find programming glitches, long lines |Hamilton County voting machines fail

Iowa: Few early-bird voters in Iowa State station

Louisiana: Lines form early at polling places across the city | Presidential election drives New Orleans voters to the polls

Maryland: Election Day lines robust around the area

Massachusetts: Early voters hit polls | New traffic pattern to be used around polling location

Michigan: Lines start early at Saugatuck Township | Polling patience required as Metro Detroiters line up

Minnesota: Local parties keeping a close eye on polling places 

Missouri: Extra police security at St. Louis County polling places | Long lines reported at many polling places in Ozarks | Voter roll problem at St. Louis polling site 

Nebraska: Polling places opening across Nebraska 

New Jersey: Voters in NY, NJ not deterred by storm's effects | Lights are on at Denville polling place, even if they aren't in other parts of town | A look at South Jersey polling places 

New York: State Island residents line up to vote | Voters in NY, NJ not deterred by storm's effects | Last-minute setup at Staten Island polling site | Polls open for Election Day 2012 | Some Staten Island residents didn't know their polling place had been moved | No changes to Riverhead polling stations 

North Dakota: Stutsman County polling places ready 

Ohio: Bring ID, patience to polls 

Pennsylvania: Power restored to polling places | Some businesses host polling places | Del Chevy polling place moved today | Early turnout heavy at Lancaster County polling places 

Rhode Island: Wrong ballots delivered to South Kingstown polling place, voters turned away | Wrong ballots delivered to polling places 

South Carolina: Long lines and few voting machines | Voters turn out in large numbers upstate 

South Dakota: SD reservation polling site has good early turnout 

Tennessee: Officials say experienced judges should keep voting smooth 

Texas: Outage causes problem at polling place | Smooth sailing so far at local polling places | Some polling centers delayed in opening 

Virginia: Voters find power outages, long lines at polling places | Problems reported at Spotsylvania polling places | Long lines, some problems in early voting across region | Polling problems reported in Northern Virginia | Election Day lines robust around the area | Polling problems reported in Central Virginia | Some polling problems reported around Metro Richmond

Wisconsin: Double-check polling location, don't trust mailers 


7:30 a.m. posting

National News
: Voting issues surface in battlegrounds in advance of Election Day | Voting challenges in battleground states could create drama, headaches | Nov. 7 Nightmares: When voting goes bad | Voting rights advocates fear that poll challenges and phony instructions could mar election | In storm-hit states, some locations changed for balloting on Election Day

Alabama: Voting preps for Houston County | Election observers cause political stir in Alabama capital

Alaska: Youth Vote gives young Alaskans a chance to take part in Election Day

Arizona: County voters can choose any vote center today | Workers prep for Election Day

California: County prepares for Election Day | Web registration pulling in new, young voters | 3 out of 4 South Bay voters do it by mail | Final results may take extra time | Many find voting early to be more convenient | Hosting a polling place in his garage--for 18 elections | Some mail-in ballots postage fee higher than others | Story of fired poll worker draws hundreds of online comments

Colorado: Pueblo County voting machines being tested; state audit failing to find fraudulent vote | Voters worry machines changed their votes | State confirms 'no problems' with Pueblo machines | Denver DA launches criminal probe of Gessler | Aspen High students step up as election judges | County clerk: Election Day is 'a huge, bit undertaking'

Connecticut: UConn VoTeR Center helps ensure accuracy of voting machines | All polling places open for Election Day | New state voter system struggles

Delaware: ID not mandatory to vote in Delaware, but helps to keep lines down

Florida: Printing 'malfunction' slows in-person absentee voting in PBC | Broward voting proceeds relatively smoothly | Final absentee voters cast ballots around 10:15pm in PBC | Miami-Dade supervisor of elections defends absentee voting extension | Lee elections supervisor says early voting lines too long, wants more locations | Getting to know Pasco County supervisor of elections | Surprise continues over Sunday voting hours in Pinellas | Election workers brace for long day | Final local preparations made for Election Day | Polls ready for voters | Election Day preparations | Volusia Co. voters having trouble getting through to election's supervisors office | Miami-Dade elections supervisor asked for, but wasn't granted, special directive from state for absentee ballots from Florida voters hit by Sandy

Georgia: Election workers prepare for lines at polls Tuesday | Officials prepare for Election Day | Guilford Co. poll workers prepare for Election Day voting

Guam: Only three of four tabulation machines will be used

Illinois: Election judges fired after alleged ballot box tampering | Election integrity is itself an Election Day battle in Illinois | Students to spend Election Day aiding voters

Indiana: Early voting strong; but crush today still expected | Indiana delays discipline against ex-elections chief Charlie White | White will avoid discipline until after appeal | First-time Cass County voters visit vote centers | Elections officials and workers try to head off voting headaches

Kansas: Feds monitor elections for complaints of possible voting rights violations | Mayor suggests $25K raise, more duties for embattled election worker

Louisiana: Voting machines roll out to polling places | Last minute voting preps | SOS expresses concern with NJ online voting

Maryland: Elections officials prepared for heavy turnout

Massachusetts: Clerks: Every vote will be counted | During Attleboro stop, Patrick says he favors early voting | Doris Ewart ending her career as poll worker after 57 years

Minnesota: Voter ID amendment on ballot in Minnesota

Mississippi: Black caucus slams Bryant, Hosemann comments | Missing voter registrations in Hinds?

Missouri: Security experts concerned about electronic voting machines | St. Louis elections director answers last-minute voting questions | Election workers prepare polling centers

New Hampshire: Voter ID: What to expect at the polls on Election Day | Voter ID law could mean long lines | Area clerks, election workers ready for a long day and night

New Jersey: Some voting advocates object to NJ's email ballots | Hoboken voters to go to the polls tomorrow as power returns to the stricken city | Some voting advocates object to NJ's email ballots | NJ's emergency email voting system could cause problems | Mercer County officials update polling locations

New Mexico: Possible illegal voting in New Mexico exposed

New York: Turned upside down by Sandy, New York prepares to vote | Cuomo allows affidavit ballots for Sandy victims | Superstorm Sandy threatens to influence elections, voting | Last-minute setup at Staten Island polling site | Cuomo issues order saying city residents can vote at any polling place

North Carolina: Ballots in question for 1K registered voters at Warren Wilson College | Hundreds complain about early voting in NC | Man cleared of voter fraud after election gag | Another complaint filed with state in Mt. Gilead election | State elections board takes no action on Watagua early voting | Warren Wilson residents get wrong ballots | Poll workers get ready for big day

North Dakota: SOS says despite lack of voter registration, ND election rules not so different

Ohio: In case of a recount, a long wait for Ohio | Ohio official: Voting machine lawsuit 'ridiculous' | Judge weighs lawsuit over Ohio voting machines | Mahoning County tests voting machines | Ohio secretary of state defends election decisions | Citizens turned away from early voting center | Some BMV voter registrations didn't become officials, elections director says problem not widespread

Oregon: Voter fraud allegations arise in region | In SOS race, Brown and Buehler continue to spar over ballot postage issue | Suspect ballots won't count in Clackamas County; others quarantined | Clackamas election worker identified

Pennsylvania: Montgomery County election officials prepared for any Election Day problems | Voter ID: For this Election Day, nothing has changed | Voter ID ads still cause controversy | Allegheny Co. elections director offers a loot at what voters can expect at polls | Cast of regulars, including 83-year-old poll worker and loveable retriever greet voters on Election Day

Rhode Island: Study: RI 'needs improvement' to ensure all votes get counted

South Carolina: Despite doubt, SC insists all votes are counted | Absentee voting in South Carolina hits new record | Large voter turnout continue to overwhelm elections officials

South Dakota: Election Day arrives in Aberdeen area | SOS warns of erroneous mailings on voting locations

Tennessee: 400 poll workers to assist Rutherford voters Tuesday | Election Commission says it's ready for voters | Election workers gear up for Election Day | Officials urge voters to double-check ballot selections | Majority of Shelby County votes already cast, but big Election Day turnout expected

Texas: Setting the stage for Election Day | Voter confidence in accurate ballot counts decline in Harris County | Elections head Ortiz plans to retire soon | Misdirected mail-in ballots spark Election Day concerns | Nacogdoches Co. election officials prepare for Election Day | Officials: Technology making voting easier

U.S. Virgin Islands: Voting machines still not certified

Utah: Counties prepare for high turnout on Election Day | Polling locations to be busy today, despite early voters | Unprecedented high voter turnout expected in Utah

Virginia: Richmond woman will cast first vote ever, with voting rights restored | Local FEMA team can vote while deployed | Va. elections board clarifies poll watchers' rights in wake of lawsuit

Washington: Election Day: Organized chaos | Pierce County center bustling to handle ballots, process cheaper and faster this year | Elections office: Don't allow others to deliver your ballot

West Virginia: Ohio County BOE prepares for general election | W.Va. adjusting for Sandy outages ahead of vote

Wisconsin: Poll workers prepare for long day