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.
Get your rioting boots on people...if they steal this one, we need to teach them a serious lesson.
It's a little fishy that 2 different democrat areas of Virginia are the only areas reporting problems already in Virginia. Same place that a state employee made a flyer trying to decieve democrat voters.
Haven't they heard of testing their equipment first??? Especially on a day like today?? Hello!
Of course , there were no problems in 2006, since the outcome is what the Dems desired. If Obama wins, this will be a non-issue.
Go McCain and Palin
I waited 90 minutes (arrived 30 mins before polls opened) in Arlington to vote, and used a back up paper ballot because the line for paper was shorter.
In four years voting there on Glebe Rd., never once before saw a black person. This morning, I saw about 25% black people (I am white).
The line moved, the people were excited. GOBAMA!
The smart computer folks don't man the polls ... that's the problem.
They are also having macine problems in Chesapeake VA.
I think there is some sabotage by the dems in Texas right now. my wife had an 7am appointment with the pest control people and they keep telling her they will be there shortly and its been nearly 2 hours. we are republican and I think we are being sabotaged by a dem. any ideas on what we should do? at our age this may be the last election we get to vote in. should we report the pest control company to the government?
I am hoping that this election is not stolen. There is a lot anxiety about this one. Some are talking about experience. Who has experience?
An Incumubent maybe? We have all kinds of excuses about Mr OBama. None I feel are valid.
I hope that we will begin to practice what the Constitution is all about, and for the so called Rright Winged Religous, the Bible states that we are all children of God?
It funny how something always goes wrong in a predominately democratic section of a battleground state. How dont we hear of breakdowns in rural areas. Remember florida 2000.
I prediced 4 months ago that Virginia will be the next "fixed" state, following Florida 2000, and Ohio 2004. Its only 10AM and already there are problems. The least that should be done at the end of the election is a recount of the Virginia vote. (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!!!
I bet if you give MIT or another university a $10 million grant they will quickly develop a electronic voting machine with a paper trail and one that will not "conveniently" break down in a heavily Democratic area.
The only places so far that they are having voting issues are states that Barack is ahead in. Typically red states that are now marginally blue. This is no coincidence. I am so disgusted.
If there is widespread problems with these voting machines and John McCain somehow pulls off a victory, there will be hell to pay in this country.
I'm in Fairfax County and I voted early.
If Obama loses, it will not be because he didn't win.
I'm so sick of cheating Republicans and hope this won't be the case AGAIN..
say it aint so!
These things can happen in an election sometimes.
However I am certain that any attempt made to steal this election will fail woefully.
I just voted in Fairfax County (Pimmit Hills precinct) and all was well. Got in line at 7:15, done by 8:20. I'm so excited for Obama/Biden '08!
We are all Americans!
I voted this morning. No problem. I was no 21 in line.
I just returned home after volunteering at my Polling place in Centreville, checking voter names as they came in to vote. I found the process very efficient, they were using paper ballots with no problems. Election officials were handling voter issues efficiently and courteously. After the first two hours, where the lines were long, there was a lull. I would estimate from what I heard, that most people stood in line less than an hour.
Go Vote!! Vote Obama!!
As a European living in Africa I can only say that Barack Obama as President should take care of your educational system because even your voting system is out dated and is a complete shame for the US.
American people are thinking they have the greatest democracy and
the greatest country in the world. America is even surpervising elections in banana republics to make sure this is no cheating! They are persuated they have the greatest engineering in the world!
Often they are looking down at other country especially at the "old Europe". At least in France and Germany we can vote without this circus. It is a shame how voters are treating in this country. What a great democracy when voters have to fight to exercise their fundamental right to vote or when their ballots are just discarted!
I'm sorry I'm a little confused as to how is this the republicans fault??
Both democrats and republicans work the polls...I voted in Fairfax County this morning and had no problems.