- Texas man arrested for powder-letter hoax
- Islamic State opens ‘marriage bureau’ for single jihadists
- Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes
- Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston
- GOP: Environmental rules keeping agents from accessing border
- John Kerry: Millions displaced by religious fighting in 2013
- Federal appeals court rules against Virginia’s gay marriage ban
- White House says Russia ‘losing’ war in Ukraine
- Hamas turns to North Korea for weapons deal, Iran for money
- Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate
Minor problems with Virginia voting
The Virginia State Board of Elections says polling places are experiencing “no widespread problems” but minor issues have occurred in some areas of the state.
Officials said voters with hands and clothes dampened by rainfall have caused problems with optical scanning machines at some precincts.
Paper ballots are being used at the Godwin Math and Science Center in Henrico County because of a machine issue, and one wrong machine was delievered to Walnut Hill Elementary School in Petersburg. The board also said only three out of 2,349 precincts opened late this morning, not including central absentee precincts.
However, the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition said they have received hundreds of voter calls reporting problems like “massive machine failures,” more than two dozen precincts opening late, voters turned away from the polls and voter intimidation.
The coalition said it is requesting that voting hours in the state be extended by two hours, mirroring similar, unmet requests by the Virginia State Conference NAACP and Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder.
The elections board call center also has been experiencing “unprecedented” call volume and has had problems with voter calls being dropped. Officials said they were working to use caller ID to ring voters back, but also encouraged residents to
use the board’s Web site (www.sbe.virginia.gov) to locate information such as registration status and polling information.
Voters also can can call their local registrars for assistance.
— Gary Emerling reporter, The Washington Times
About the Author
blog comments powered by Disqus
By Scott Pinsker
- D.C. seeks to stay judge's order allowing gun owners to carry in public
- Illegal immigrants demand representation in White House meetings
- Hillary Clinton: Forget Obama, George W. Bush made her 'proud to be an American'
- Babson College, BYU win top spots in Money magazine's college rankings
- Iraqi Christians rally at White House: 'Obama, Obama, where are you?'
- White House defends Kerry failure to broker Middle East cease-fire
- Romney would win popular vote in rematch against Obama: CNN poll
- D.C. seeks stay in order striking down ban on handguns in public
- Tennessee Gov. Haslam slams White House for secret dump of illegals in his state
- Computer glitch caused odd Saturday release of D.C. guns ruling