Americans who woke early on Election Day to cast their votes have faced delays and other complications caused by malfunctioning voting machines across the country, according to various reports.
The exact malfunction is unclear but some polling sites in Missouri and Ohio have been forced to switch to using paper poll books to check voters in after the check-in electronic pads slowed to a crawl due to the high volume.
Voting was delayed in Christian County, Mo., a state President Trump handily won in 2016, due to a glitch on the electronic polling pads, according to a report by local TV network KY3.
Voters managed to sign their names in a notebook on Tuesday morning and officials are going from precinct-to-precinct to fix the issue.
In California’s Riverside County, machines there became overwhelmed on Saturday by the number of voters looking up their registration, a local official told newspaper The Press-Enterprise.
On Facebook, some voters complained about being forced to wait hours and ultimately gave up before casting their mail-in ballots in drop boxes instead. Those delays have reportedly since been fixed.
“Waited over 2 hours in Murrieta then gave up. We ended up filling out our mail-in ballots and dropping those off. Really wanted to vote in person. Oh well,” wrote local woman Christine Withers, per the publication.
In Ohio’s Franklin County, officials in the key swing state were also forced to switch to a backup system to check-in voters on Election Day.
“This morning we learned that the Franklin County Board of Elections was not able to upload all early in-person voting data into their electronic check-in system,” the Ohio Secretary of State tweeted just after 7 a.m.
“Because of this, they are shifting to paper poll books to check-in voters today,” they added, emphasizing that paper polling would “ensure the integrity of the system and so no voter may vote twice.”
More than 100 million Americans cast early votes before Election Day, a record-breaking figure that is three-quarters of the total number of ballots that were cast in 2016.
While some polling stations are running smoothly, with an average voting time of just five minutes in Georgia, other spots like Pittsburgh in the must-win battleground commonwealth of Pennsylvania have seen long lines.
In Texas and Florida, two states that will be hard-fought between Trump and Joe Biden, there were also reports that a glitch told some voters that they were not registered in their precinct.
One voter in Dallas complained on Twitter on Tuesday morning that all of the voting machines at his precinct were malfunctioning.
“Glad I got up early and in line before 7a vote at precinct 2047 … but I didn’t expect ALL of the voting machines to be malfunctioning! What’s up, @DallasElections?!?” wrote Matt Jacob, who later confirmed he was ultimately able to vote.
A similar problem plagued voters in Lake County, just outside of Orlando, Fl., but was quickly fixed by election board officials.
“This morning shortly after opening the polls, we identified a computer problem in some precincts that incorrectly identified some voters were not registered in that precinct,” Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays told ABC affiliate WFTV-9.
“The problem was isolated immediately, and corrective action was initiated. The solution is being deployed and everything will be fine very shortly,” he went on.
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