As voters head to the polls nationwide for the 2018 midterms elections they battle long wait times and technical difficulties. In Indiana, long lines are being caused by slow electronic poll books used to check in voters, a machine glitch is holding up voting in Atlanta, and flashlights are being used at a polling place in Tennessee due to a lack of electrical power.
2018 Midterm Elections, Voters Face Long Lines and Malfunctioning Machines
LESTER HOLT, anchor:
As we said it’s been a day of lines stretching around buildings, snaking around blocks, people waiting hours in some cases to vote, and that voting surge comes on top of glitches and power outages. Some lawyers heading to court to get voting hours in some places extended. We get the latest on all that from NBC’s Pete Williams.
PETE WILLIAMS, reporting:
The clerk in Johnson County, Indiana, south of Indianapolis, says it’s the worst election she’s been involved with. Long lines caused by super-slow electronic poll books used to check in voters.
JUDD GREEN: It takes five or six or seven minutes just to get for a name to come up on the poll book.
MAN: I think everyone in the world I knew are going to vote today.
WILLIAMS: In suburban Atlanta, a machine glitch and the lack of power chords held up voting in two suburban precincts in the same county. It was a lack of power that confronted voters in Knoxville, Tennessee--a state hit by severe storms. Flashlights and paper ballots came to the rescue. And in several Southern states, the humidity is so high that paper ballots swell slightly, just enough to be rejected by scanning machines. But the states say they will be counted. One of the biggest challenges for state officials today has been voter enthusiasm. Many places were simply overwhelmed. Not enough voting machines or poll workers. And in a few cases, even temporary shortages of ballots. Lester.
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