After a tough and dirty campaign season, everyone is looking forward to the chaos ending. But before we make it to the other side on November 7th, we have to make it past the unexpected catastrophe that Election Day 2012 is turning out to be. The polls haven’t been open for that long but various media sources are reporting voting issues in many of the key states.
Pennsylvania is turning into the Florida of the 2004 election. At one polling place in Pennsylvania, the machines are not counting votes for Obama. Instead, the machine chooses Mitt Romney even if you select Obama’s name on the screen. Voters at the site claimed that they received little to no help from the poll volunteers and were essentially turned away. On the other side of discrimination, Republican officials in Philadelphia were being turned away from voting sites by Democratic voting chief judges. One polling site in the city even featured a mural of Obama, which violates voting laws. No voting sites should feature partisan materials. To make matters worse, voters in the state are also being turned away for not having the proper ID. It’s Pennsylvania state law that only first time voters are required to bring an ID to vote but after the first time voters do not need to show ID. Many voters are claiming that they are being turned away despite the state law and that they are being asked to cast a provisional ballot, which would be less likely to be counted.
So far, Pennsylvania has been the worst off but there have been reports of voting malfunctions in other states as well. In Ohio, there have been reports that voting machines aren’t functional in the cities of Dayton, Toledo and Cleveland, some of the state’s biggest cities. Other voters in the state also reported that their votes are being placed in the provisional ballot box instead of being counted as a regular ballot. Voting is also not running smoothly in New Jersey because the state is still awry after Hurricane Sandy.
Hopefully, reports like this tend to lessen as the day goes on. If you haven’t already voted, go out and do it! Get ready for what is shaping up to be a long night of election coverage and be sure to follow us as we live tweet Election 2012 @CollegeCandy.