REPORT: Massive voter turnout hit by problems, long lines across the country (PHOTOS)
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States are struggling to handle an overwhelming voter turnout on Tuesday, as machines break down, waits are hours long and people are reporting an overall sense of confusion.
Americans across the country showed up to their polling places in droves, and it seems several counties were not prepared for the surge.
The article goes on to state the following:
In Georgia, people were seen leaving polling stations because wait times were stretching more than three hours, as long lines also marred the first hours of voting in New York.
Several counties in South Carolina, Texas and Georgia have reported technical issues with machines, resorting to paper ballots until the issue was resolved.
And in a town outside Phoenix, Arizona, early risers showed up to their polling station only to find the location had been foreclosed overnight on Tuesday.
Below are some of the photos pouring in on social media of long lines of people waiting to vote across the nation.
— Cyd (@Cyd9406) November 6, 2018
Here is an update from my brother-in-law who is voting in Austin, Texas. Huge line at 7:45 a.m. Central pic.twitter.com/1lcMZMsU6G
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) November 6, 2018
“The line just keeps getting longer.” Voters in Gwinnett County, Georgia waited in line for over 3 hours when voting machines malfunctioned and had to be repaired. https://t.co/ghv2YTRuyo pic.twitter.com/ayNq9NSYVM
— ABC News (@ABC) November 6, 2018
15 years voting at this location and never waited in line. Me: “this is what democracy looks like.” My neighbor: “this is what saving democracy looks like.” Word. #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/f9oic9Mwkp
— Erika Wood (@erikalwood) November 6, 2018
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 6, 2018
— King of the Washed (@MoonDunIt) November 6, 2018
The line at the @IlliniUnion is so long that it’s overflowed the 4th floor and spriralling down the staircase at the way to the 2nd floor. This is voting suppression beyond anything I’ve seen in person. pic.twitter.com/EsDiAieih4
— Anna Sekiguchi 関口安奈 (@AnnaSekiguchi) November 5, 2018
To everyone waiting in line to vote because of a broken scanner or other problems, your voice matters. Please stay in line. And let’s once and for all get true Board of Elections reforms like early voting so this never happens again. NYC deserves so much better.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 6, 2018
Ready to wait? Hundreds of voters stand in line for hours this morning at this SW Atlanta polling place. Only three voting machines! What’s going on here? Live report at noon. pic.twitter.com/lewTPUZnf1
— Tom Regan (@tomreganWSB) November 6, 2018
Every time you see a line of voters, you see voting suppression at work. It’s no accident that rural precincts have no lines, urban ones have long ones.
— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) November 6, 2018
— Beth Dahlman (@Minnesota_Nicer) November 6, 2018
Got to my Somerville polling place a little later than normal – which is certainly a factor – but this is the longest line I’ve seen in the 6 years I’ve been voting here. pic.twitter.com/Cn830p3B3O
— Dan Mauzy (@danmauzy) November 6, 2018
First time voting in the great state of Texas! Some observations while I’m standing in line: pic.twitter.com/1h9OCEMFDs
— Caroline Morley (@AstroCaroline) November 6, 2018
This is massively fucked up.
“Hundreds of voters in Gwinnett County, Georgia, a Democratic stronghold of predominantly minority voters, waited more than four hours to vote Tuesday because of malfunctioning electronic voting machines.”https://t.co/Fz0OIlR0A0
— Emily Atkin (@emorwee) November 6, 2018
An Arlington, Texas voting location didn’t have enough paper ballots: A voter tells CNN that the electronic voting machines were not working and she was told they did not have any ballots. “Once that info was shared, most of the people in line decided to leave.”
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) November 6, 2018
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