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Voting Problems Reported in Arizona, Texas and Ohio

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There are reports of voting problems in both Arizona, Texas and Ohio, as reported by USA Today:

Election Day got off to a rocky start when voters in one town outside Phoenix showed up to vote only to find their polling place had been foreclosed upon the day before.

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said the landlord of the building, which appears to be a strip mall, locked it overnight after workers had already set up the polling place.

There are ballots inside the building, he said.

Fontes said his staff is working with the sheriff’s office to see whether they can forcibly enter the property to collect the ballots and equipment.

That sounds like a big screw-up, hopefully that gets resolved quickly.

There are also reports of some problems with early voting in Texas:

Texans submitting ballots in early voting reported problems with voting machines switching some of their selections, a problem state officials said was connected to Hart eSlate machines used in about 30 percent of counties in the state.

They said it can occur when users fill out and submit ballots too quickly.

Voters should double-check their selections shown on a screen before submitting their ballots.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is taking on Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke in one closely watched race in the state.

Cruz had a 6 percentage point lead heading into Election Day in the RealClearPolitics average.

Ohio voters also experienced some minor issues:

Voters in Greater Cincinnati encountered long lines and a few technical glitches as they cast ballots Tuesday morning.

Election officials said voters and poll workers were confused by a change in the voting machine system there that now alerts voters if they have “under voted,” or left some races on their ballots blank.

Electronic voting machines there reportedly rejected some ballots that had not been completely filled out.

It’s still early, and we’ll let you know of any other voting irregularities as we learn about them.

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