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. Anonymous

    Trudy @ the rest of you illiterate morons, america doesn't need obama, america needs idiots like you to learn how to read, spell @ write, so politicians don't take advantage of you!

    November 4, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  2. Anonymous

    This maybe our last opportunity to repair our image in the world.vote for obama

    November 4, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  3. tamara

    Kinda makes you wonder.. Doesn't it?..

    November 4, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  4. danielle

    if you honestly believe that Republicans had anything to do with the broken machines, the Democrats have reached an all time low of displacing blame... first it's the Republican's fault that gas prices are so high (which is false), it's the Republican's fault that women can't chose to abort their full-term pregnancy and now this? Learn responsibility for your own actions and stop blaming us for everything, you can't rely on a government to get you out of your own mess.

    November 4, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  5. henrietta

    these machines should have been serviced long before election day, there is no excuse for this.

    November 4, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  6. Wow

    This is so sad to hear...they have had enough time to prepare...be encouraged and trust in God...GO OBAMA!

    November 4, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  7. political_squibNJ

    Wow...my mother told me that the machines were broken...and I was shocked...only an hour in and the machines are broken?...but then again I shouldn't be surprised...

    November 4, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  8. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    I vote that all states switch to voting by MAIL, as we do in Oregon!! No machines, no lines, no fraud in over 12 years of doing it this way! Are we so in debt to Diebold that we have to keep using their flawed machines that interfere with true democracy in voting?

    It works, people. Forget early voting and long lines. Contact your state voting chief and push voting by mail. That's another real change we can believe in.

    November 4, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  9. rich

    I hope the lawyers are in place monitoring what's going on. If these broke machines have slowed down the voting process, those poll hours should be extended by the same amount of downtime.

    November 4, 2008 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  10. mike

    Nice use of the English language Trudy (first comment posted). I'll vote for Obama now for sure.

    November 4, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  11. thegoreyears

    Not even Diebold can steal this one.

    November 4, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  12. Samantha N Riverdale Ga

    This makes no sense! The GOP is going 2 try and steal this election and the polls R all wrong! Have networks that R polling people 4gotten how many people R actually unemployed! I have never seen a broke person pay 4 internet service @ home without job...who polled them? Or what about the people who have 2 work 2 jobs, just 2 have enough 2 pay the mortage? They R not voting N these polls. They R 2 busy and 2 tired and im sure not waisting money on payin 4 the internet...and now adays, most of us young people use cells. I actually get online on my cell often but i dont have 2 pay outrages prices on my phone 4 internet like most others. No 1 has ever called and polled me? These polls R wrong! Obama should win by a Landslide! Obama/Biden~2009~

    November 4, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  13. mike

    trudy- It's only gross negligence that the machines were not checked in time to fix any problems. It is NOT a plot to take over the world hatched by those that can spell english words and use proper english grammar.

    November 4, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  14. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Republicans are STILL spewing their lies EVEN TODAY.

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 4, 2008 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  15. vic

    GOOD GRIEF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  16. Jedi Knight

    Wow... This wreaks of conspiracy... We only need these machines on election day and within the first 30 minutes they are broke? If I lived in this community I would be demanding the Mayor or Govenor terminate the employment of the election commissioner who has the responsibility of ensuring these machines are working properly.

    November 4, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  17. Tired of W, OH

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

    The answer is Diebold (now known as Premier Election Solutiions). Their CEO, Walden O'Dell, was active in the re-election efforts of Bush in 2004. 'Nuff said.

    November 4, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  18. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    LETS TAKE THE EXTRA 10 BILLION DOLLARS A MONTH THAT WE WILL HAVE AFTER WE STOP GIVING IT TO IRAQ AND USE IT TO GET NEW VOTING MACHINES THAT WORK. AMERICA ITS TIME! ITS TIME FOR OBAMA-BIDEN, VOTE TODAY!!

    November 4, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  19. Cliff Chandler

    America, the world is looking. The election was stolen in 2000 and again in 2004, it cannot and will not be accepted again. There is no excuse for voting machines malfunctioning at 8:00 o'clock on the morning of such a historic day. GET IT TOGETHER AMERICA!!!

    November 4, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  20. The World for Obama

    The election is broken if the machines don't work.

    I don't buy it ... too many problems with voting machines. Other similar technology employed in all of our stores work flawlessly for years on end ... why not the voting machines?

    November 4, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  21. nelly c.

    well, I just hope this is not intentional. Qatar supports Obama!

    November 4, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  22. Barack the Vote

    oh how surpirsing!!!!
    wonder who is behind that and all the machines that are broking down all over the country??? winck wink

    mm

    NOT THIS TIME ROVE, NOT THIS TIME LIMBAUGH
    NOT THIS TIME HENETY,
    NOT THIS TIME MCBUSH
    NOT THIS TIME

    WE THE PEOPLE WILL WIN
    WE THE PEOPLE WILL ELECT OUR PRESIDENT
    THE YOUTH WILL FINALLY HAVE A SAY
    NO MATTER WHAT THE REPBUBLICANS AND GOP, RNC, NRC, AND LIMBAUGH'S TROOPS DO NO THIS TIME

    WE THE PEOPLE WILL WIN AGAINST ALL ODDS

    OBAMA BIDEN 08 /12

    November 4, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  23. Ian

    It is long past time to throw all of these worthless voting machines into the Marianas Trench. Paper ballots are good enough for every other democracy, and they're good enough for America too.

    November 4, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  24. DH

    Electronic voting machines are too easy to manipulate, period. At least with an ATM, you walk away with SOMETHING in your hand (cash, or at least a printed receipt) but with electronic voting machines… nothing.

    Give me a voting machine as simple to operate as an ATM, one that matches numerically my printed ballot receipt to its digitally stored counterpart.

    If our banking system can do it, so can our electoral system.

    November 4, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  25. JJ

    This is a shame. These people knew these machine wash't working. Why didn't they test them yesterday. Didn't they vote at that poll?

    November 4, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
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