The polls have been open for a few hours now and turnout appears heavy all over the country. Many are waiting in long lines to vote and these lines are only made worse by confusion at the polling sites. In Ohio, there have been reports of voting machines not working in Toledo, Dayton, and Cleveland. In Cuyahoga County, there are concerns that the emergency ballots voters are filling out are being feed into a machine that is full.
In Pennsylvania, there are reports that poll workers are requiring voters at the polls to show a photo ID to vote. Poll workers can ask for an ID but voters are not required to show an ID to vote a regular ballot. This could particularly impact college students that have received confusing and contradictory messages about voter ID.
“Voter ID has been a confusing issue on college campuses this year and incorrect signs at polling places across Pennsylvania are now making matters worse,” said Dan Vicuna, coordinator for the Campus Vote Project. “Signs should inform students and other Pennsylvania voters that only those voting for the first time ever or for the first time at a new polling place are required to show ID, which can be photo or non-photo ID. All other signs should be removed immediately to make sure that no registered Pennsylvanian leaves a polling place without voting due to incorrect information. “
In Essex County, New Jersey, already experiencing problems due to Hurricane Sandy, as of 10:30am it appeared that polling locations haven’t opened. The same is true in Galveston , TX where it’s been reported polling sites are opening late and some are still not open.
If you encounter problems at your polling locations, please call the Election Protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE and report the problem.
And remember: GO VOTE!