At least one voting site in East Tennessee had serious issues as voters lined up outside to vote. The Shoreline Church voting center in a Knoxville suburb had a line out the door and a 1.5-hour wait once voters were able to make it inside the building. The reason for the massive delay – the voting site only had one operational printer.
Many voters gave up and left the site when a poll worker informed those waiting in line of the 1.5-hour wait. Many voters only had an hour off work to vote and couldn’t stay long enough to cast a ballot.
Tennesse is a red state, not a swing state, but the broken printers and extensive delays and wait times make one wonder if methods like this are how elections are manipulated. Other states also experienced issues with voters reporting problems in Arizona, New Jersey, and California as well.
In Arizona, 20% of voting centers in Maricopa County had problems with tabulation machines leading to massive lines and requiring the RNC to request a 3-hour extension for voting centers to stay open so everyone could vote; a judge denied the request at an emergency hearing Tuesday night.
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When asked about the tabulator issues at two locations, County Recorder, Stephen Richer said, “We’ve had a few tabulator issues at a couple locations where the tabulator isn’t immediately taking the ballot. Instead, it can either be Central count tabulated here or if that issue can be addressed there, then it can be fed into the tabulator.”
The troubles continued for voters in New Jersey where every single Dominion voting machine was down in Mercer County, according to local officials. West Windsor Township notified residents Tuesday morning with a notice that read, “Due to a Mercer County-wide system outage, all voting machines are currently down in each district across the County.”
A notice to voters on Facebook said, “The Board of Elections has advised the country of issues with voting machines. Poll workers will be on hand to walk voters through the process. The board is working with Dominion, the machine maker, to resolve the issue.”
While a contingency plan allowed voters in Mercer County to vote using paper ballots, frustrated voters took to Twitter to express their unhappiness with the failure.
Given that voting to choose one’s leaders is a fundamental component of democracy, and that election cycles are every 2 to 4 years, there is no excuse for county-wide outages of voting machines, broken printers, or dysfunctional tabulators. Voters not only have a right to be frustrated but quite concerned as well.