November 4th, 2008
07:30 AM ET
10 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. Desmond Sequeira

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

    November 4, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. Stupid is as stupid does

    Every year it's in a toss up state. Ballots geet wet, machines get broken, polls open's the same story. Was there this much crap in Virginia and North Carolina last time? Not at all. But now that there's a chance for thaose states to go either way, all of a sudden there are problems. Why haven't we heard of porblems in Maine or Delaware?

    Republicans want to steal yet another election.

    November 4, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. Val in Atlanta

    Let's all write to our Congress members to have Election Day declared a national holiday in the future. We need to eliminate every obstacle to voting that we can. People should not have to take a day off work and possibly lose pay because they want to vote. Here in Atlanta, there is no public school on election day so parents have to take their kids to the polling place or try to find a sitter. Spread the word and let's start a movement to have a National Holiday on the first Tuesday in November every four years!

    November 4, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. Mel B. in Columbia SC

    Haven't we seen this somewhere before?

    You would think by now tha after the last 2 elections we would have invested some money in to voting machines. Why can't we have one voting system through out the country that works all the same...we have one IRS and Equifax and it seems to work.

    How can America want the rest of the world to have voting rights and we can't even get it right in our own country???

    November 4, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. Gov't not the answer

    Do you ever wonder how private corporations can make secure transactions over the internet, implement an ATM/banking system that works, but the government can't administer a machine that correctly tabulates a simple multiple choice question?

    These are the people I want administering health care.

    All hail Obama!

    November 4, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. inthebasement

    A man on the moon.Clueless at how to run a fair election.Unreal !!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. Andy

    I have never seen so many frowns on the Republican faces...go President Obama

    November 4, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. KN

    I voted in Arlington this morning with no problems. Got there at 6 am and the line was already around the block – took about an hour and a half.

    Obama/Biden '08

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

    Virginia, the new Florida! Instead of a hanging chad, now we have a "hanging" touchscreen? Can you smell it? It smells like....Republician Theft!

    November 4, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. Matt

    here it comes...

    November 4, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. ralph

    Every one complains about both parties. The two parties are the same. Why dont you look at third parties points? The things being sent by all of you in this post are exactly what Nader and BArr are saying. Why do you think Ron Paul threw hiw support to the third parties. Keep complaining and voting with the two parties who are in bed with corporations, this countyr will be fine. Does anyone study history this country is in this mess because of the democrats and republicans

    November 4, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  12. VA Voter

    I voted this morning in McLean with no problem, they had machines as well as paper ballots and I was in and out in less than an hour.

    I also go to GMU and the email that we received from an unknown source posing as the school administration this morning was disappointing. The parties may have their differences, but everyone eligible is entitled to vote. Anything done to try and trick or dissuade voters of either party is a disgrace to democracy.

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 4, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  13. No Surprise

    This is the typical republican trade-mark; deception replaces fear.

    November 4, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. Wise White Guy

    Go stand in line anyway! Do your best to keep others from leaving because that is what the Republicans want. McCain has said dozens of times the last three days that if he is going to win it will depend on turnout. Make no mistake he wants the number of votes cast to be as small as possible. Don't let them steal YOUR vote or anyone else. This is the chance of a lifetime!

    November 4, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  15. Clarence J Rowley

    Please be advise that we still have the whole electoral college to decide who the new president will be.

    November 4, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. david g

    I was the first to vote at 6:00 am this morning at Longfellow Middle School in McLean. No votoing machines were in sight, and we had paper ballots there, rather than an electronic system, as in earlier elections. So I wonder if the M Walton report based on R Suleman's alleged statement is 100% accurate.

    November 4, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. Citizen Twain

    We are trying to build democracies overseas and we can't even vote correctly here? Ironic. Outlandish.

    Obama will win by a landslide, so it won't matter. Cheat away Reps, it is all for naught.

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

    How many elections need to be screwed up due to these faulty machines? Why is filling out a paper ballot so bloody hard? I would vote to outlaw the machines as long as I could do so on paper.

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

    Funny how there are no reports of voting problems in California or Texas. It seems to be the closely contested states with all the problems. American's undermining their own democracy!! Unbelieveable. Maybe the rest of the world needs to send monitors to the USA to make sure elections are fair and democratic!

    November 4, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  20. Not4MoreYears

    Do voting machines ever break in Republican districts?

    November 4, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  21. vote obama

    wow, utterly speechless. like my momma always said, cheaters never prosper. haha


    November 4, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |



    November 4, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  23. mary

    This is all very scary, I keep getting this feeling like this election is rigged. I voted but i almost feel like it is out of my hand.

    November 4, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. Matt

    VA is the new FL.

    November 4, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  25. Enough

    God help US! We have the nerve to send election monitors to other countries to monitor their election, yet in our own country, elections reeks of fraud. This is a shame!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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