November 4th, 2008
10:19 AM ET
3 years ago

Soggy ballots challenging scanning machines in Chesapeake, VA

 Virginia voters faced rainy weather early Tuesday morning while waiting to vote.
Virginia voters faced rainy weather early Tuesday morning while waiting to vote.

(CNN) – Some voting machines are not working properly in Chesapeake, Virginia because of wet weather, according to voters and the State Board of Elections. Spokesman Ryan Enright confirmed the rain is throwing a wrench in the works in a few places that use optical-scan paper ballots.

He said ballots were getting soaked as water drips off wet voters walking into polling stations. That makes the scanner unable to read a ballot.

The Virginia State Board of Elections is encouraging all voters to dry off before filing out ballots to avoid problems.

And to solve the problem of wet ballots, the polling station is collecting them in a secure container next to the polling machine. Once dried, these ballots will be tabulated by officials, Enright said.

He added that while this will mean a longer processing time for election officials, it should not affect voters and their wait time.


Filed under: Virginia • Voter Problems
soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. VA is Blue!

    Stop crying! The GOP is handing out literature at polls in South Western VA!! You can't cry foul when you're own people are out here doing the same!! Its happening at a CHURCH in Concord, VA a town 10 minutes away from Lynchburg, Va home of the infamous conservative Jerry Falwell! They aren't even reporting it here~

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. Valerie

    I don't see how Sarah was cleared she still misappropriated funds by letting the state pay for her family's travel. I commend her for given her family the experience but she should have paid for it.

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. Steve

    The Republicans are trying to steal the election? Please!!!! Why didn't the military ballots get sent out in a timely manner?

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. Adriane

    I just voted here and not everyone is using paper ballots. They had did an amazingly good job in Virginia Beach, keeping us out of the rain and moving the lines along. Additionally, water had no effect because they use touch screen ballots on many polling stations. The enviroment was non-partisan and it restored my faith that we can finally have a fair election. From the turnout I saw, Obama will take Virginia.

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. mike

    Noah said,

    "I am waiting for CNN to post on its front page the news that Sarah Palin was cleared of any wrong doing in the Troopergate investigation. You liberals trashed her and made sure that Troopergate was on the front page of every liberal website when it looked like she may have done something wrong, and now that it has been proven she did NOTHING wrong, you cannot find the story anywhere. It has become such a sad state of affairs. Liberals are working overtime to ruin this country."

    You must be a moron to think that an investigation that took every bit of 5 months for the "REAL" investigators to reach a conclusion, could be reversed by a "Special Investigator" (McSame cover-upper) who ate a sandwich in between a commercial break for FOX NEWS to reach a conclusion. Oh, by the way, it was conveniently released the day before the election. This is a farce and you would have to be an idiot to believe this right-wing conclusion.

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Calen from Richmond

    Dear "Barbara – 65 yr old white female in NC":

    Please get a grip. The Republicans are not "stealing" anything. Don't act like one party controls the polls, that's ludicrous. There are problems with ballots all across VA this morning.

    I have a laundry list of polling places with most of their machines broken down already this morning. A sad state of affairs.

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Greg

    Noah said "I am waiting for CNN to post on its front page the news that Sarah Palin was cleared of any wrong doing in the Troopergate investigation. You liberals trashed her and made sure that Troopergate was on the front page of every liberal website when it looked like she may have done something wrong."

    I read the story on both CNN and Fox earlier. If there was an all-powerful left-wing conspiracy, could President Bush have won office... twice? Would the Republicans have held both houses of Congress for 6 years? Also, do you remember the media circus around Bill Clinton during his presidency (Monica Lewinski ring a bell?)

    Think, man.

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Xanda

    Noah: I actually saw the trooper gate article right here last night on the front page of CNN's website under the Ticker. It's sad that you are so bitter about this election, hopefully you will come to see the light once Obama is elected.

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Ian Woo

    Ferd Berfall, do you really say "losers" like that? I'd love to hear you say it, just once.

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. joni

    Nothing suprises me anymore. The REP will do whatever it takes to win an election. We need change and change is not McBush. People stay the course and vote!
    Obama/Biden 08

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Nate

    If the media is not supporting a right wing agenda then it's liberal? Come on Don and Noah. Look Palin may have been cleared of guilt, but that does not mean she is not guilty. Listen to the phone call man, she's guilty! So how did you feel about the Rep Party spending your hard earned contributions on a fashion show for Palin? That doesn't make you think about how they will treat your tax money? Also CNN is not liberal trust me! Just yesterday they gave some fat security guard lady who was a McCain support and very poorly informed, just as much T.V. time as they have for any Obama supporter. She was worried she would have her wealth spread around? LOL! Do security guards make over 200,000 a year? I think not! She needs to be more concerned with how her hips are "spreading around"! Get real ppl! Open your eyes, and for god sake quit rambling on with this propaganda that your have been silver spoon feed by the same ppl that would put you on the street begging for change in second.

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Dan

    DONT TAX ME BRO!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Chris

    I'm so glad I don't have to do this today. I voted in Utah on October 21.

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Wendy,KS

    The world is watching please let the RIGHT PERSON win this election fair and square. We have been cheated twice in the last 8 years. Please don't let this happen again for I fear for my country if it does.

    November 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Ryon

    Republican or Democrat, take a minute to stop jabbing at each other and remember we are all americans. Difference in opinions clouds you from remembering we're all trying to obtain the same goal of a better America. Instead of looking at this as one party trying to sabotage another, how about we think productively of ways to prevent it from happening in the future. Our country is a leader and technology and it's ridiculous that we still struggle to create a more convenient and efficient voting platform.

    November 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Ha Ha Ha, in NJ

    You socialists are funny. I guess the Republicans made it rain, so this is obviously their fault.
    Republican poll watchers being thrown out in Philadelphia, is stealing an election. Hillary Clinton campaigning within a polling station, is stealing an election. An act of God, and moronic people not drying off their hands before grabbing a piece of paper, is not stealing an election
    You people are ridiculous.

    November 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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