November 4th, 2008
06:46 AM ET
5 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
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  1. TYpical

    Being from Willingboro, my thoughts are " WOW, like i didnt sooo expect willingboro to muck it up"

    November 4, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. Debbie

    I was at this polling place and was able to vote. Do not let this discourage you. The machine I used was working fine. Stay in line and be patient. You vote does count.

    November 4, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    DON'T WORRY ACORN SUPPORTERS WILL HELP WITH THE PAPER BALLOTS AND ERASERS!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  4. Rex

    "most advanced country in the world" and yet a 3rd world country can at least VOTE!!! Bullcrap for sure.

    November 4, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. victor

    YOU HAVE FOUR YEARS TO PLAN FOR THIS ELECTION. CAN'T YOU GET IT RIGHT FOR ONCE

    November 4, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  6. nicola

    How can America go into 3rd world countries and claim to monitor their election process when you cant even get it right??

    how convenient the machines broke down today, the ONLY day it needs to be working!

    I say it was a plan by the Republicans! better watch that mechanic he might be rigging it in favor of the MacBuch

    November 4, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  7. What The? , . . . . .

    Didn't CNN do a special on switched memory cards rigged to vote for
    Republicans? I would not use that "repaired" machine.

    November 4, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. Jennifer

    Why cant they make sure that the machines are working on day before election? I dont understand. Whats so difficult in it? I hope Obama wins. seriously enough is enough.

    November 4, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. Charlotte Wales

    Are we REALLY surprised at all these "problems"? Third time will NOT be the charm for Republicans – WE WILL NOT STAND FOR IT!!

    November 4, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. SFC Drennan

    look people dont give up on what we know we need to do,,, make your vote count, stand fast, stand strong, stand together, if you see some one getting out of line because its been to long talk to them give them the push to stay in the fight,,,, look i have been in the military for 17 years and love what i do, i would never give up on my soldiers and would never let them give up on themselfs,,,, so man up TAKE THAT HILL, and we will win, huurrraaaaa

    OBAMA-–BIDEN,,,,

    November 4, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. nancy

    WHO THE HE– IS IN CHARGE OF THESE MACHINES. THIS IS PATHETIC!!!!! CAN GO TO THE MOON BUT CAN'T GET A LITTLE MACHINE TO WORK RIGHT. ONLY IN AMERICA.

    November 4, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  12. Abanis

    America!!! there should be no excuse of machines breaking down! This is a game like in a developing country in Africa say Uganda.
    People watch out!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  13. Very concern

    I pray there really is nothing wrong in this election. We need Obama for America and the world.

    November 4, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  14. John (Jackson, NJ)

    Anyone in NJ who pays -any- attention to voting issues will have already voted by absentee ballot, which is open to anyone. The Princeton University report came out several weeks ago about how NJ voting machines can be completely hacked, and all votes changed, within seven minutes. The head judge in Mercer has been trying to order the state for TWO YEARS to replace the voting machines, and now there's evidence they're not trustworthy.

    If you're a New Jerseyan and you just noticed -today- that there's a problem with our voting machines, get your head out of the sand for 2009!

    November 4, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  15. Doug Thibaudeau, Winchester, KS

    I went to vote this morning only to find out that I was not registered. Odd since I have lived in this town for 7 years and was registered in the last election. My name was on the list on the last election, and no mailing had been sent to re-register. I had to fill out a provisional ballot and I was not the only one! Could this be a scam by desperate Republicans to delay votes for Obama as these will have to hand counted and then may not even count as official votes.
    Are the others not listed Democrats?

    November 4, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  16. Richard Lambert

    Calm, down, all............. After all of this, the last thing you need is a heart attack the night of the election....... Tomorrow is a new day. Accidents can happen/people are fallible/machines are not perfect. Most importantly, all of us are watching.

    Change is Coming

    November 4, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  17. Stanley in NC

    Obama is such a cheater!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  18. Sick and Tired

    McCain – Palin 2008!!!!!!

    NObama!!!! EVER!!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  19. Chuck from MN

    EXCUSE ME, FOLKS.
    On election day, there is supposed to be no endorsing, no yapping about your candidate. Come on. Get out the vote and SHUT UP until it's over! :)

    November 4, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  20. inthebasement

    I've got my gas,tar AND feathers ready!!

    November 4, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  21. Jason in NC

    Watch the demographics of where the problems are. Mostly in swing states, in the critical precincts (read Democrat/minority). And that's also where most of the paperless voting machines are. If Obama loses, this will be why, and if we sit by and let it happen again we are all complicitous in the end of our democracy. If he loses we need to shut the country down, call a general strike, and march on Washington.

    November 4, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  22. Rose

    No surprise. Mccain can only win if he cheats and lies and attacks Obama's character.. why would election fraud be any different..disgusting!!

    November 4, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  23. Desmond Sequeira

    From a non-US citizen, not black or white or red or blue. Just very concerned for the USA and the world and therefore supports OBAMA/BIDEN. To-day most of the USA will prove whether it has a good God or one that spawns smear and fear.

    November 4, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  24. MEP

    They have only had four years to make sure these machines worked properly. How much time do they need?

    November 4, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  25. Mom from Southern NJ

    I am about 15 miles from Willingboro, a pretty heavy minority area, truth be told. If this is true, it sounds like 'some people' are up to bad tricks with the good people who live in Willingboro. This is not fair and hopefully the right people will fix this today. The Rethugs will not steal this election this year!

    November 4, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
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