Voting starts with reported problems in Arizona, PA, New Jersey

Here we go again! Midterms voting ALREADY seeing problems that could delay results with 20% of machines malfunctioning in Arizona’s largest county, voters scrambling to fix ballots in Pennsylvania and systems going down in New Jersey

  • As midterm voting kicked off around the country Tuesday, pockets of problems have already been reported in Arizona, Pennsylvania and New Jersey 
  • In Arizona’s Maricopa County 20 percent of the 223 voting centers had machines that were malfunctioning
  • In Pennsylvania, thousands of voters were alerted that their ballots could be thrown out because they were undated or dated incorrectly 
  • And in Mercer County, New Jersey all the Dominion-made voting machines were down

As midterm voting kicked off around the country Tuesday, pockets of problems were quickly reported in states including Arizona, Pennsylvania and New Jersey in elections expected to draw record turnout.

In Arizona’s Maricopa County – the most populated county, which has the ability to swing an election between Republicans and Democrats – the chairman of the county supervisors Bill Gates said that 20 percent of the 223 voting centers had machines that were malfunctioning. 

In a video posted to Twitter Gates explained that about one in five ballots at those centers wasn’t being properly read by the ‘tabulators.’ 

‘We’re trying to fix this problem as quickly as possible,’ Gates said. ‘And we also have a redundancy in place.’ 

He then showed how voters could place their ballots instead in a secure box so they could be tabulated later.  Registered voters in Maricopa County can go to any voting center in the county. 

Still, Republicans on Twitter were furious at the news – as Arizona hosts both a competitive Senate and gubernatorial race. 

In Pennsylvania, due to the Republican National Committee and other GOP groups winning a lawsuit in state court that would make undated mail-in ballots not count, thousands of voters in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas were alerted they must ‘cure’ their ballots. 

Election officials have advised these voters to come to the county election offices to cure their ballot, request a new mail-in ballot or vote by provisional ballot on Election Day to fix these mistakes. 

In Arizona’s Maricopa County 20 percent of the 223 voting centers had machines that were malfunctioning

‘We’re trying to fix this problem as quickly as possible,’ said Bill Gates (left), chairman of the Maricopa County supervisors. ‘And we also have a redundancy in place’ 

Voters in Philadelphia wait in line to vote on Election Day. In Pennsylvania, thousands of mail-in ballots could be tossed out, as voters didn’t date them properly 

In Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh is located, nearly 1,000 voters were on a list of individuals who forgot to date or incorrectly dated their ballots. 

In Philadelphia, the Board of Elections alerted nearly 2,000 their ballot lacked a date. Nearly 400 more potentially dated their ballots incorrectly. 

Additionally, around 150 Philly voters didn’t sign their mail-in ballot, while around 1,000 voters turned in ‘naked’ ballots, meaning they forgot to mail in their ballots surrounded by a secrecy envelope. 

Voters have until November 14 in Pennsylvania to ‘cure’ their ballot. 

The campaign for Democratic Senate hopeful John Fetterman has filed a lawsuit in federal court to challenge the ruling, made by the divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court. 

‘The Date Instruction imposes unnecessary hurdles that eligible Pennsylvanians must clear to exercise their most fundamental right, resulting in otherwise valid votes being arbitrarily rejected without any reciprocal benefit to the Commonwealth,’ attorneys for Fetterman and other Democratic groups argued. 

‘The date on a mail ballot envelope thus has no bearing on a voter’s qualifications and serves no purpose other than to erect barriers to qualified voters exercising their fundamental constitutional right to vote. This unnecessary impediment violates the Civil Rights Act and the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution,’ they continued. 

Additionally, a judge in Monroe County in Northeast Pennsylvania on Monday green-lit the way for voters to be alerted that their ballots had mistakes. 

In Mercer County, New Jersey all the Dominion-made voting machines were down. 

Officials told voters they can still show up to the polls and cast a traditional paper ballot. 

‘The Board of Elections has advised the county of issues with voting machines. Poll workers will be on hand to walk voters through the process. The board is working with Dominion, the machine maker, to resolve the issue,’ the country’s Facebook page read. 

New Jersey residents aren’t voting for a governor or a senator this year, but more than a quarter of the state House seats are competitive. 

In Iron County, Utah, voters were warned they may have to vote in person because of delays in mail-in ballots. 

MIAMI, FLORIDA: There’s also several tight governor’s races across the country that could see MAGA Republicans leading more states

NEW GLOUCESTER, MAINE: Republicans are expected to make a strong showing on Election Day, according to multiple polls

RYDAL, PENNSYLVANIA: Images from all along America’s East show long lines of voters already waiting to cast their ballots on Election Day

The former president briefly spoke with reporters after casting his ballot, urging all Americans to do the same ‘no matter who you vote for’

Donald Trump and his wife Melania voted in person on Tuesday morning at the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center in Palm Beach, Florida

Meghan Markle has voted in the California midterm elections, she revealed today – while sharing an image of herself proudly sporting an ‘I voted’ sticker

AOC, one of the Democrats’ most left-wing candidates, is expected to comfortably reclaim her seat in the House 

Hochul’s opponent is Lee Zeldin, a Republican who is focused on cracking down on crime and helping the economy recover. He is shown casting his vote today in Mastic Beach 

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