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From: Alan Boswell
To: Alan Boswell
Sent: Nov 4, 2008 12:52 PM
Subject: DEVELOPING STORIES: FL, MI, OH, VA
***2:45p.m. DEVELOPING STORIES FROM ELECTION PROTECTION*** (See http://blog.ourvotelive.org for live updates)
As of 2:45pm, Election Protection has received over 48,000 calls to the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline since the phones opened at 5:30am this morning.
We have received more than 30 calls from voters all across the state concerned that their precinct's optical scan machine is not working. When this occurs, ballots are supposed to be placed in a "a secure bin" under the voting machine. Because of the volume of ballots, these bins are now filling up. We have received several reports of poll workers collecting ballots in a bag, which is not in accordance with the law. Election Protection is working with local election officials to ensure that all votes that have yet to be counted due to optical scan malfunctions are placed in secure locations.
As of 11:45 a.m. EST, voters on Detroit's east side were waiting 5 hours to vote in 1,000-person long line at Beth Eden Baptist, largely as a result of an understaffed polling operation. An Election Protection partner law firm on the ground in Detroit is investigating the situation.
Voters in several Ohio counties reported to Election Protection problems at their polling location due to poll workers not accepting proper identification and forcing the voters to cast provisional ballots.
Many machine issues from early this morning have been resolved but we continue to see major residual effects in the Chesapeake area where some voters are waiting in five to six hour lines.
Stay tuned for more updates.
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