November 4th, 2008
06:46 AM ET
9 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. D

    Notice that all of these counties/precincts are majority African-American? Looks like some Tom Foolery is going down....

    November 4, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Chad

    Of course everything is the GOP fault – Everything that goes wrong in this country – including election day,is their fault. You are all a bunch of whiners. Be careful what you wish for because we will be stuck with higher taxes and more people on welfare if Obama gets elected today. How do you think he is going to pay for all of his promises? But then again, he will back track on them all between now and January.

    November 4, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. J*

    Glitches may happen with technology, it's true. Your election process though is in dire need of reform. It is no longer the envy of the world. more a laughing stock. Money has permeated and corrupted every aspect of American society. Funny then that you can't find the money to fix the problem of something as simple as voting.
    You Americans are also overly analytical. This is one reason your nation is so divided. It is NOT a melting pot, rather a nation of refugees – too easily divided and exploited along religious, political and economic lines. The rigging of election is jsut a symptom of thsi malaise.
    Please let each vote be counted in a sane and judicious way.

    November 4, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. sine

    I just can't comprehend how an hour after the polls open all these machines are breaking down. Is this America?


    November 4, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. Ruth

    I am amazed that you all, are prepared to cue for hours. How ever do mums with young children manage to vote. I do not think anyone here (UK) would cue hours to vote.

    November 4, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Tawana Howard

    This is HISTORY in the MAKING! Obama '08!

    November 4, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Another reason we need to just use paper ballots with optical scan technology...we have verification (paper trail) and we don't have to rely on these accursed machines holding up democracy.

    November 4, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. Jack

    Maybe this is a sign that Obama shouldn't be president.

    November 4, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. Fredi

    Why not just use paper and pencil like the rest of the world? Sure would save a lot of head ache – and money.

    November 4, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. JoE-Republican for Democrats

    I meant to say, Me and My wife just voted for Obama/biden.
    I have 300 family members throughout USA, who will also vote for DEMOCRATS.


    Lets kick Sarah Palin out to Alaska.

    November 4, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. 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.

    Don't like the way this country is run? Vote for new leadership. Not Bush in a maverick wrapper.

    November 4, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. June W

    Look, its not difficult to figure it out
    1..People who are only given a couple of hours off to vote can't wait in long lines = less Democratic votes
    2..People who can't afford to take the day off to cope with the long lines = less Demoratic votes
    Regardless of who wins this election the American voters should DEMAND that the people responsible for this debaucle, election after election , never be allowed to be involved in another election.

    The whole world is watching and laughing. No other country in the Free World would tolerate this.

    November 4, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. David Lawson

    How can you all vote for Obama and say "God bless America"? God doesn't want us to murder our children. He wants us to raise them to be free in our great country. Vote with your heart, wherever that leads you.

    November 4, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. Steve, New York, New York

    That's curious – I wonder to what degree voting machine break-downs (or mysteriously lost ballots – forgotten on the back of pick-up trucks, etc.) are disproportionately impacting urban and/or minority areas.

    Very interesting!

    November 4, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. April

    I'm an Air Traffic Controller. If I ran airplanes the way election officials ran the election process, the airplanes would be crashing at all the major airports. BEFORE THEY LEFT THE GROUND.

    November 4, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Cherie

    Hold on, don't leave, stay strong, your vote does count.

    November 4, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. President McCain

    We are all Americans!

    November 4, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. Theresa

    I predicted 4 months ago that Virginia will be the next "fixed" state, following Florida 2000, and Ohio 2004. It's only 10AM and already there are problems. The least that should be done at the end of the election is a recount of the problem votes. (Hopefully not the sham that the Florida recount was.) Although I have faith enough to hope that it will not come to that. Vote Obama 08!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. Bob


    November 4, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. Joan , Ontario

    Since these irregularities and machine breakdowns seem to be happening in battleground states and in highly African American areas, there should be neutral inspectors to witness any problems so that all votes can be verified and accounted for . Otherwise this is not a democratic election. Maybe you need to go to the finger dye and all paper ballot method. Yes and maybe you should have other countries oversee your elections just as Jimmy Carter does in third world countries.

    November 4, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. NeoCons Are Nuts

    Why not go back to paper? These electonic voting machines seem to conveniently break down with calculated regularity in battleground or democratic areas. All paper takes is some organization to make it work efficiently. Oh. Wait...organizaiton... Sorry – foolish of me!

    November 4, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Veronica

    Obama Drama ... We gotta stick it out people, we knew there would be something to try to stop us. Hang in there & make your vote count! Get everyone out there to the polls & at least we can say we did what we could.

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 4, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. democracynow2008

    I voted on the new paper ballot machines the polling place at the local school was well organized and voting was not a problem .

    I hope these voting machine breakdowns are not all over the country.

    Make every vote count .

    All the States should have tested all these machines a few days ago and we would not see these problems.

    I believe Obama will win and Americans will not stand for the GOP Necons trying to steal this election.

    This time the people will win and so will Obama.

    November 4, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. Don

    Hey Temmy, I can feel change too. My change feeling is making me sick though. Go ahead and put Obama in there then 6 months from now lets see if you still have that egg sucking grin on your face with that warm and confident feeling that the savor has arrived.

    November 4, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |

    they're cheating!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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