November 4th, 2008
07:52 PM ET
6 years ago

Power outage causes delay in Akron, OH

(CNN) - A power outage briefly delayed voting in Akron, in the battleground state of Ohio Tuesday. Summit county Board of Elections director Marijean Donofrio says the power went out at two polling places, a school and a community center for about 20 minutes for an unknown reason. Donofrio says election officials were able to restore electricity using a generator. She says turnout in the county has been heavy but voters in line at the times the polls closed at 7:30pm would be eligible to vote.


Filed under: Ohio • Voter Problems
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. California Gold

    Ok, I smell a rat.

    A big smelly rat.

    This one reeks to high heaven.

    November 4, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. Baker Fam 4 OBAMA

    Sounds suspicious

    November 4, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. Jack

    Gee, maybe they should check for plumbers?

    November 4, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. Leslie

    Once again OHIO is suspect, this is a travesty. I will petition all if this election is stolen!

    November 4, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. Griff

    No CNN! They just mentioned. America Tomorrow! There will be no: America Tomorrow. Just America of yesterday!! Welcome to the real world.. You did not lose your twin-towers in vain... Now you can join the Arab-republic......

    November 4, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. Fired my party (former republican)

    Here we go again.

    November 4, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. Jessica

    So there was all the buzz that 1/3 of registered voters voted early/absentee this year. when are these votes counted? if we voted weeks ago why are those numbers not already reported?

    November 4, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. Andrew

    Are there electronic voting machines there? Lost votes due to power outages? Why won't diebold let me get access to money that isn't mine, yet is able to so screw up an election? As an Akronite who voted provisionally, I'm scared that we'll get screwed either way.

    Obama/ Biden '08

    Here's to getting our votes counted.

    November 4, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    very very suspicious. for an unknown reason. suspiciously suspicious

    November 4, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. James Stroud

    ..and when all the lights came back on, all of the voting booths had been switched with exact replicas.

    November 4, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. god

    let the vote tell the story instead of trying to minipulate the people.

    USA1

    November 4, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. Brian

    Hello Diebold! :(

    November 4, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. David

    Holy crap I live in Akron, and I didn't find out about the outage until I read this page.

    Good thing I voted early.

    November 4, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. Msjaneen

    Weather in Akron today was perfect. No wind storm or rain what could possibly make the power go out on that side of town? Hmmm something here is fishy.LOL

    November 4, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. natalie

    akron!

    November 4, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  16. Laura W.

    I live in the exact neighborhood where the power went out. The power outage was not confined to the polling places. Street lights were not functional in part of the neighborhood, and some businesses were without power as well. Now, as to the cause of the power outage, I will not speculate.

    November 4, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. Jamie

    OH please! Give me a break.....suspicious?

    November 4, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Are you kidding me? Can't this country at least figure out electricity? I really hope this incident will not lead to a scandal

    November 4, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. anne

    Are you kidding me? Can't this country at least figure out electricity? I really hope this incident will not lead to a scandal

    November 4, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. Christine Morris

    It was incredibly easy to vote early. I'm not sure why everyone didn't. I walked in with three forms of ID weeks ago and was done in minutes.

    November 4, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. galoot

    HA! How strange that this would happen in Akron OH.
    Another attempt at stealing the election. Out of all places two polling places misteriously lose power. SO brazen.

    November 4, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  22. l

    things happen!

    November 4, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  23. George C.

    Hey everyone, I hope you all got out to vote today! I just wanted to let you know of this hysterical video I found that makes fun of the presedential race called ANYONE CAN BE VP. It's probably the funniest video I have ever seen. Have a wonderful night, just go to youtube and put it in the search bar!

    November 4, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. Not Again

    RIOT TIME!

    November 4, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  25. damien from akron,oh

    Wait a minute I live in akron ohio and I don't recall a blackout happening.This is how it all starts.

    November 4, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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