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Tags: crashes | malfunctions | voting problems | databases | touch-screen

Several States Report Voting Woes With Crashes, Malfunctions

By    |   Tuesday, 04 November 2014 02:04 PM EST

Voting problems were experienced in several states by midday Tuesday with reports of slow or offline databases to claims in Virginia, Maryland and Illinois that touch-screen machines were changing votes cast for Republicans to Democrats, several news outlets reported.

In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy who is in a tight re-election race with Republican Tom Foley, filed a complaint to extend hours for voters after registration logs were not available at some polling places. After the early-morning gaffes, he went to Twitter to assure residents that problems that had caused delays were fixed, WFSB-TV reported.

Election websites in both Georgia and Colorado experienced problems early Tuesday, CNN noted, as IT experts worked quickly to resolve issues in states with especially tight races and where voter turnout was critical.

In Arapahoe County, Colorado, high web traffic stymied the website while temporary glitches to the state's voter database delayed voters in Jefferson County, Denver's ABC 7 News reported.

Perhaps most troubling were reports from Virginia where the state's Republican Party noted in a news release that touch-screen voting machines were malfunctioning, with a video posted on YouTube showing what looks like votes for a Republican candidate changing on screen to support for a Democrat, the Daily Caller reported.

A similar touch-screen problem was also reported in Illinois and Maryland, the Daily Caller noted.

Chicago-area voters reported staffing problems at several polls where some election workers did not seem ready to handle the process and some voters were forced to cast provisional ballots, according to NBC Chicago.

As voters continued casting midterm ballots, election monitors dispatched from the U.S. Justice Department were in place at 26 jurisdictions across 18 states to ensure fair voting for minorities and disabled voters, CNN noted.

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Voting problems were experienced in several states by midday Tuesday with reports of slow or offline databases to claims in Virginia, Maryland and Illinois that touch-screen machines were changing votes cast for Republicans to Democrats, several news outlets reported.
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