November 4th, 2008
06:46 AM ET
6 years ago

Emergency paper ballots used because of broken NJ machines

(CNN) – Broken machines in Willingboro, New Jersey, have led to disruptions in voting, according to Joe Dugan, chairman of the Burlington County Election Board. Voters at Pennypacker Park Elemenary School have been given emergency paper ballots as a mechanic works on the machines, Dugan said. He added that he expects the machines to be up and running soon.


Filed under: New Jersey • Voter Problems
soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. The World for Obama

    JUNK.

    PAPER BALLOTS ARE THE ONLY RELIABLE WAY TO COUNT THE VOTES.

    November 4, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  2. SIMP

    why in the world weren't these machines tested yesterday? If they use paper ballots they better make sure they are not thrown in the trash, but are counted. I don't trust these people at the polls, i don't trust the repair people fixing these machines as far as I'm concern they can rig them to give Obama's vote to mccain. It would be nice if we can have a clean elections and nobody tries to steal it from Obama.

    Obama/Biden

    November 4, 2008 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  3. Richmond City Voter (virginia)

    I was in line at 5:30 am to vote. I was about the 30th person there. The early arrivers were there anywhere from 4 – 4:45. The librarian who was supposed to open the polling location (a library) overslept, and so the polling location didn't open until 6:25 am. because the officials were backed up with turning on the lights, turning on the machines, and getting everything set up. By this point, there were about 300 people waiting to vote and people were getting very antsy and frustrated, especially the ones who had been waiting awhile.

    November 4, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  4. Get real Sarah Palin

    Do they not test these things before election day. How do they happen to break down on the actual day.

    November 4, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  5. Richmond City Voter (virginia)

    For my comment above, the location is Lewis Ginter Library, precinct # 308.

    November 4, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  6. John Dubai

    The Drama starts now......God help us

    November 4, 2008 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  7. Martin & Shelli

    Joe the Fixer ?

    November 4, 2008 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  8. Greg & Patti Maher

    This morning 11/4/08 my wife and I arrived early to our voting place..Kennedy High School Waterbury, CT. We waited only a few minutes, but once inside, the workers right hands didn't know what their left hands were doing. ALL the voting booths had either NO PENS, or the ones they had were DRY!

    My wife and I did our best to fill in the ovals we've selected, yet we are worried about our votes even being counted, coupled with the rest of Waterbury's voters.
    One worker there told us that if the optical scanner couldn't read our selections, the paper would have been rejected. Somehow that doesn't make myself nor my wife sit at ease! We called the CNN number provided once home and they connected us with someone who did his best to put us at ease, but even he was without words for this voting problem as the entire staff there is obviously inept!

    Please someone, anyone, get this place cases of the felt tip pens they need! This the most importnat election of our time and this problem is absolutely unacceptable.

    Worried voters,
    Greg & Patti Maher in Waterbury, CT

    November 4, 2008 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  9. msehti

    this is awful to happen in a country that is suppose to set an example to the world, yet on election day it is worse than a third world country wher e yo send your people to supervise their election I think this is a slap in the face.

    November 4, 2008 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  10. Eric4Change

    This is going to be a LOOOOOONG day. I'm just waiting on similar reports from NC, GA and FL

    November 4, 2008 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  11. Gabe Arnold

    I suppose that this type of failure will cause the loser to say that technological failure skewed the results. A unified consistent system and technology needs to be implemented before the next time around in all states!

    November 4, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  12. keosha baton rouge louisiana

    wow this just goes to show us how serious they take our voting process we have to do better fixing our system of voting

    November 4, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  13. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    ... that's "machines" as in more than one! They didn't know a national election was scheduled for today? Hope they have enough paper ballots and the ability to count them!

    November 4, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  14. trudy

    at wont suprice me ,if the republican pull a dishonest Trick again to winn the election ,the done at so many Times , we neat OBAMA , THE GLOBE NEATS OBAMA RIGHT NOW THE EUROPEAN DONT LIKE US VERY MUCH PLEASE AMERICA ,WE NEAT CHANGE NOW >ORAK OBAMA

    November 4, 2008 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  15. Dawn

    This is going to be a long night....................

    November 4, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  16. therealmarie

    Really, how convenient. Happens to be broken in a heavily populated African American community. When will this garbage ever stop?

    November 4, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  17. jose the plomer

    Early in the game. Already broken

    November 4, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  18. Joseph Adewole

    AMERICAAAAAAA, the world is watching!!!

    November 4, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  19. mmm

    pehaps they should leave the machines broken. recalling the decacle of the last two elections and voter fraud and rigged elections, who knows if the "fixed" machines wont attempt to pull the ole baitand switch to the opposite candidate one is voting for? i say how convienent the machines "chose" to break on this particular day. hmmmm....

    November 4, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  20. thomas

    Who makes these voting machines that break down on election day – the only day they are needed to function properly.

    November 4, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  21. bello tukur

    this is one of the problem with voting machine?pls the official there should wake up.

    November 4, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  22. Will

    Hopefully that is not the start of a bad day,
    Vote
    Obama/Biden 08

    November 4, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Maybe they were hacked?

    November 4, 2008 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  24. David

    Pitiful. We need Jimmy Carter to watch over our elections like we're a developing nation. When he's involved I trust the results of other countries' elections more than our last few. "...put a man on the moon, but we can't..."

    Thank goodness this presidential election is not going to be close. ...But I would be surprised if there's not at least one congressional election that is without controversy.

    November 4, 2008 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  25. Valerie

    Unreal! Could this be a conspiracy?

    November 4, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
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