November 4th, 2008
07:30 AM ET
5 years ago

Memory cards cause problems in Fairfax County, VA

 Paper ballots will be used until machines in Fairfax County are fixed.
Paper ballots will be used until machines in Fairfax County are fixed.

Fairfax County, Virginia (CNN) - General Registrar Rokey Suleman said a handful of memory cards did not work when machines were started this morning. He tells CNN that new memory cards have already been sent out to those precincts with problems. He said a "very, very small number of machines" were affected, and voters at those locations could use paper ballots instead until the problem was corrected.

Suleman said there are long lines everywhere. He added they expected that and are prepared for that. The 228 precincts in the county use both optical scan and electronic voting machines.

People started lining up to vote at 4:30am. The polls opened at 6am.


Filed under: Virginia • Voter Problems
soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. Seriously

    Typical republican tactic... disenfranchise the liberal areas of Virginia. People are going to get tired of these tricks Republicans...

    November 4, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  2. Sandy - PA

    Explain how some of those machines in 2000 had NEGATIVE 5,000 votes for Al Gore.

    November 4, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  3. JJ

    VA don't try to steal this election.

    Vote Obama/Biden

    November 4, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  4. Ilene

    Ever notice these polling problems seem to be in toss-up states.

    November 4, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  5. Randy

    I was first in line and tried to vote in Alexandria with a paper ballot. The scanning machine would not take it, it was if the paper was too wide for the slot. The poll workers suspended giving out paper ballots after only 3 voters. I don't trust the electronic machine, but I had no choice.

    Randy

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

    I used the machines this morning at Colvin Run ES (Dranesville). Remarkably easy and lots of helpful staff). No lines here but could be elsewhere. Hard to see bases for complaint.

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

    Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida use electronic voting machines that incorporate no paper trail. The situation is ludicrous Even my dog can recognize that this is a recipe for disaster.

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

    Trickery in the heavy African American precinct.

    Why am i not surprised!

    November 4, 2008 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  9. Dennis

    If McCain wins the election, just check the voting machines in Virginia, North Carolina,Ohio, Florida and the red states and you will see a different result

    November 4, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  10. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    We need to stop this crazed method of voting, using flawed machines and making people wait for hours to cast a vote.

    I've lived in many states - California, Nevada, Georgia, Washington and now Oregon for the last 12 years. We vote by mail here, and it works! In the 12 years I've been voting here, there have been no problems, no fraud, nothing but success. It works!

    Contact your state voting people and roll this tide across the country. Stop paying millions to Diebold for flawed machines that don't work.

    November 4, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  11. Irma in North Carolina

    Lets hope and pray the american people make the right decesion today and that Obama becomes are next president. Than we can all go to sleep in peace every night knowing that we will not have four more years of bush.

    November 4, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  12. Amy

    Why the polling machine breakdown is zipcode which are democratic heavy? wonder and ponder?

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

    This voter maching problem is just plain STUPID!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  14. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    VIRGINA, VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN, DO IT FOR AMERICA.

    November 4, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  15. Pat in IL

    Sounds like VA went to the lowest bidder for voting machines.

    November 4, 2008 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  16. oez

    here we go. someone is obvioulsy trying to rig the election. Even crappy computers don't break down so easily.

    Enough of these stupid machines.

    November 4, 2008 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  17. HouseDiva

    ....as long as there's enough paper ballots.

    November 4, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  18. mruth

    Well, not quite. The war in Afghanistan against al Qaeda and bin Laden will continue, even if we pull out of Iraq. And it would be a catastrophy to slap protectionist tariffs on foreign goods (more than we already do, that is)–that's precisely what caused the Great Depression! We need sensible, well-executed solutions, not hipshot populism. Go Obama! Vote for the level-headed, smart candidate (not McCain).

    November 4, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  19. MDA

    Another problem in another county... how ironic!

    November 4, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  20. Mothernature Houston,Tx

    Do this suprise you?

    November 4, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  21. change fairfax

    So typical of Fairfax, they used to have 'video game day' for county employees, now they can't fix roads or make voting machines work.

    Change. We. Need!

    November 4, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  22. Voice Better Be Heard

    There seems to be a pattern in this state. This isn't surprising since Obama is leading in this state. They better not mess this election up. Obama inspired millions and made this election exciting again. McShame and Palin(Falin) did nothing but spread lies and hateful rhetoric which showed the true ugly side of this country for the world to see. Their rallies reminded me of the era of Dr. King and JFK. They need to be history like the '60s. Obama/Biden '08 is the ONE ticket that will bring REAL change.

    This One is voting for That One!

    November 4, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  23. Marvin Tillman

    First u have to entice the American companies that make many of our foreign good in other countries to make back to America

    November 4, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  24. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Voted early

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 4, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  25. Marvin Tillman

    First we have to entice the American companies that make many of our foreign good in other countries to make back to America

    November 4, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
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