Voters Find Long Lines, but No Catastrophes

Voters Find Long Lines, but No Catastrophes

Ian Urbina The New York Times Nov 4 2008

There were long lines, computer glitches, the occasional argument and even a few lawsuits.

But the process of voting in Tuesday’s presidential election — which may set a record for turnout — was relatively smooth, with no reports of catastrophic failures that kept large numbers of people from casting a ballot.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Hotlines Bustling With Calls

Voter Action Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Hotlines Bustling With Calls

Nov 4 2008 | Voters Facing Long Lines; Registration Issues Top Concern
Voter hotlines are buzzing today, with most polls being open less than five hours. Data from InfoVoter Technologies show that callers have serious concerns about registration problems and machine failures resulting in long lines at many polling places.

Today, the 1-866-MY-VOTE-1 and CNN hotlines have received a total of more than 16,000 calls; close to 3,000 in the last hour.

Voter Action is concerned about several states, including VA, PA, and FL.

“Ensuring that voters have access to the ballot box in a timely manner, and that their votes are counted is our number one goal today,” said John Bonifaz, legal director, Voter Action. “We are really concerned about the number and kinds of calls coming in from key states, like Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida.”

Virginia is reporting extensive machine malfunction, specifically with voting machine books, causing long lines of people standing in the rain. The Voter Action legal team has contacted the Governor’s office.
 

VA/Fairfax County Machine Problems

VA/Fairfax County Machine Problems

By Marsha Walton CNN Political Ticker Nov 4 2008

Fairfax County, Virginia (CNN) — General Registrar Rokey Suleman said a handful of memory cards did not work when machines were started this morning.

Fairfax County, Virginia (CNN) — General Registrar Rokey Suleman said a handful of memory cards did not work when machines were started this morning. He tells CNN that new memory cards have already been sent out to those precincts with problems.

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Voters Have Trouble at the Polls

Voters Have Trouble at the Polls

The Intelligencer Nov 4 2008

Voters in Ohio County who headed to the polls early today were greeted by long lines of fellow voters and delays with several voting machines.

Voters in Ohio County who headed to the polls early today were greeted by long lines of fellow voters and delays with several voting machines.
At mid-morning Ohio County elections officials said the major complaint came from voters who said more machines should have been available.

A modern-day poll tax

A modern-day poll tax

By William Edelstein The Guardian Nov 4 2008

Touch-screen voting machines, poor planning and long lines threaten to disenfranchise voters in the US election

This presidential race has generated a high level of excitement and today's election promises to have a record turnout of voters. This is a combination of a huge number of new voters, most registered by the Obama campaign and its allies, and predicted participation of 80-90% of all voters.

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What if ... a record turnout?

What if ... a record turnout?

By Kevin Diaz The Star Tribune Nov 2 2008

That's a worry of election officials planning for a "perfect storm" of record turnout and voting systems in flux -- though the outlook is more favorable in Minnesota.

WASHINGTON -- Alicia Strange, a newly registered Minnesota voter, has waited decades to cast her first vote. At 45, she doesn't care if long lines keep her waiting a few more hours.
"I'm just going to take my time and let it all marinate," said Strange, a security guard from Brooklyn Park who remains undecided in the presidential race.

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Voting problems hit Atlanta’s Adamsville Rec Center

Voting problems hit Atlanta’s Adamsville Rec Center

By Thomas Wheatley, Fresh Loaf

Georgia Democrats are calling for Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel to extend advanced voting on Saturday and Sunday after computer glitches caused a reported 500 people to wait two hours in line at a Fulton County polling place.

Georgia Democrats are calling for Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel to extend advanced voting on Saturday and Sunday after computer glitches caused a reported 500 people to wait two hours in line at a Fulton County polling place.
 

Judge says Pa. must provide paper ballots

Judge says Pa. must provide paper ballots

Delays caused by voting-machine breakdowns on Tuesday could unduly burden citizens and deprive them of their right to vote, Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III ruled.
"The evidence, not surprisingly, demonstrated that DRE [direct-recording electronic] voting machines, like all other machines, sometimes fail. When that happens, time is of the essence," Bartle wrote in a 28-page ruling. "The polls are open for one day and one day only and then for only 13 hours. There is no rain date."

Federal Judge Rules that More Emergency Paper Ballots Be Made Available When Voters Face Voting Machine Breakdowns

Voter Action Press Release

Federal Judge Rules that More Emergency Paper Ballots Be Made Available When Voters Face Voting Machine Breakdowns

Oct 29 2008 | October 29, 2008 | PHILADELPHIA, PA – Federal Judge Harvey S. Bartle III ruled today that emergency paper ballots must be made available when fifty percent or more voting machines fail at polling locations across Pennsylvania. Judge Bartle, who is the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, issued the ruling in favor of plaintiffs who had argued that voters could be disenfranchised by having to wait hours in line due to voting machine breakdowns. The plaintiffs presented testimony at an eight hour hearing yesterday before Judge Bartle that voters had faced such long lines caused by voting machine problems during the primary election in Pennsylvania in April, particularly in low-income minority neighborhoods.
“This is a huge victory for the voters of Pennsylvania,”said John Bonifaz, legal director for Voter Action and co-counsel for the plaintiffs. “This ruling will ensure that many voters across Pennsylvania will not be disenfranchised when voting machines break down on Election Day.”

The lawsuit followed numerous reports during Pennsylvania’s April primary of long lines when electronic voting machines became inoperable at their polling sites. Voters called national election protection hotlines on primary day, including 866-MYVOTE1, reporting that election officials were not providing emergency paper ballots when voting machines malfunctioned. Callers stated

NAACP vs. Cortes Case Ruling

NAACP vs. Cortes Case Ruling

posted on: Oct 29 2008

Pennsylvania District Court order granting the preliminary injunction proposed by plaintiffs, Voter Action and the NAACP.

NAACP vs. Cortes Ruling

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