Midterm Voting Wait Times Staggering as Machines Not Working in Multiple States

Many Americans attempting to cast their ballot on Tuesday are getting stalled in long lines and reporting that some voting machines are on the fritz.

Some polling stations were riddled with staggering wait times, equipment failures and mounting frustration.

The issues so far are stemming from the Southeast and East Coast region where Americans were the first to get out their vote in hotly contested elections, that some say will determine if President Donald Trump’s presidency can keep pushing along his agenda by holding onto a Republican majority congress or get it checked with a defeat to the Democrats.

While voters showed up at Detroit precinct's Martin Luther King Jr. High School polling station, the voting machines were locked away in a school closet. 

The mix-up caused a delay but by 8:30, according to the ABC station WXYZ, the machines were humming. 

In Georgia's Gwinnett County where voters are turning out to elect a new governor in either Republican Brian Kemp or Democrat Stacey Abrams, glitches were plaguing poll stations.

At Anderson Livsey Elementary in Snellville, battery-operated voting machines reportedly ran out of juice. And there were no power cord backups. 

Other technical setbacks were causing snaking cues to form and the electronic machines were being pushed aside in favor of paper or provisional ballots.

In Brooklyn’s P.S. 130 polling station the rain-drenched voters who remembered to bring umbrellas reported that over an hour wait in line to vote. Some decided to leave, according to some witnesses on Twitter.

And at least one witness suggested that there are “zero voting machines” that were functioning.

In Wake County in North Carolina, humidity was the alleged culprit “causing difficulties in feeding ballots through tabulators,” according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Further west in Maricopa County, Arizona, some voters who were exercising their civic duty to cast a vote were met with a lien slapped on the locked glass doors on the building.

The owner apparently moved to foreclose on the property overnight. 

After some time, Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes later confirmed that the site was open for voting business.

 

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