(CNN) - Philadelphia has experienced problems with voting machines not working in eight of 1,681 election divisions throughout the city, according to Bill Rubin, Supervisor of the Philadelphia County Board of Elections.
Rubin reported none of these problems have been serious, and where machines have gone down, voters have been allowed to vote on emergency ballots.
He says these emergency ballots are the same forms as provisional ballots, but are marked with an "EB" to indicate they are emergency ballots, and they will be counted just as if they were votes recorded on a machine. In contrast, provisional ballots are given to those voters whose registrations cannot be confirmed in the poll book, or who have gone to the wrong voting division.
Rubin said some of the problems with voting machines may be a result of poll workers forgetting their training. He says in some cases poll workers received training some time ago, and may have forgotten parts of it by election day, leading them to start the voting machines incorrectly.
Keep it honest Pennsylvania. Don't become the Florida of 2008.
Get it right.
Oh boy... here it comes. Obama needs big numbers in Philly and the surrounding areas to carry Pennsylvania. Please get these problems fixed so everyone can vote!
Why do the Republicans continue to steal election?
This is the same Philly that removed Republican poll watchers for nothing more than being Republicans. Ever notice all of the problems always occur in Democrat areas run and controlled by Democrats?
Well, I am not surprised .......ONLY dismayed that in the wealthiest, MOST powerful country in the world...... the bastion of Democracy this IS happening!
For Pete's sake, CAN'T WE GET THIS RIGHT?!
Kiss your Land of Liberty good-bye with a vote for Obama. He is not a Patriot!!!
I hope that ALL people responsible for seeing that the election is fair and truly democratic will do their job – FOR AMERICA and DEMOCRACY! Anything less undermines what we supposedly stand for!!
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING STILL?! ARE WE THAT TECHNOLOGICALLY CHALLENGED OR ARE THE REPUBLICANS THAT DESPERATE?
I know right? Why do they keep saying ...and what happens if it's a tie?
Pleezzzzze Lord...watch the store house because there are wolves out there.
So that's what McCain meant when he said that he WILL win the election today! Hmmmmm
This is typical of Philadelphia. Their election system and most of its workers are corrupt (its "traditional" in Philadelphia to pay workers at the polls and to hand out cash on the street corners to get people to vote.)
Also, the polls are overwhelmed and PA, one of the largests states has no early voting – because the legislation has been lobbied against by the same "unpaid" volunteers.
FYI – I am a Democrat who vote for Obama at 7:00 am this morning in a Philadelphia suburb
Ugh, what a mess!
" November 4th, 2008 11:08 am ET
Why do the Republicans continue to steal election?"
OMG its such a conspiracy, repubs always steal elections!!!
I'm really getting tired of the general "republicans are dishonest people arguement". I'm a registered repub and im a completely normal person. The only difference between you and I is that I dont believe every crap conspiracy theory that comes pouring our of some radicals mouth.... Do a little research for yourself rather than believing all the BS someone else fed you.
Cheating is the only way they can (Reps)can win. I voted in the Pittsburgh area without any problems. Only had to wait in line for about 45 minutes. – I voted for Obama and wore my CNN headline shirt which says- Palin killed bridge, but kept money, I just saw it on CNN.com
WOW – amazing how there's no problems with any machines in the suburban or rural areas on Pennsylvania. How ironic that the machines don't work where Barack would probably get the most votes. Interseting....VERY interesting...
Is the name Diebold anywhere on these machines?
It's always someone elses fault isnt it.
Every official needs to stay on this... IT SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED!
Someone needs to make certain that those Emergency Ballots ARE NOT TRASHED.
If McCain/Palin gets Philadelphia's votes, THEN WE KNOW THAT SOMETHING IS ROTTEN!
Make sure you watch them mark that EB on your ballot before you walk away!!!
We voted in Philly at 9, after two hours in line. The girls were well trained, helpful and efficient. The line was around the block because we were only allotted THREE machines! But I don't care, it was amazing. An elderly lady exited crying because she never dreamed of voting for a Black candidate. I allowed my son to select Obama/Biden before I submitted my vote. We made history today!
Can't you read? (see the article) – "Rubin said some of the problems with voting machines may be a result of poll workers forgetting their training. He says in some cases poll workers received training some time ago, and may have forgotten parts of it by election day, leading them to start the voting machines incorrectly."
Nobody is stealing anything. Your car not start because of mechanical failure or user error? Ever run out of gas? Can you tell me from memory how to program your DVR? Poll workers only see these machines a couple time every few years. Stop blaming the republicans for all the 'problems' in the world. Most of them probally started a little closer to your home.
are you guys going crazy in USA ( let's say Goodbye to Yankees then and all american history) voting for obama we in europe say it's normal because the white americans aren't the real american and it seems to be true!!!! is good that un black man can hope to be a president that's a good evolution but an african musulman .... i' mean it's america or not???
anyway the best man will win!!!
Maybe if they forget their training they should be...um...RETRAINED?! or FIRED?!
Battleground States with voting problems:
The list continues to grow...
Get out and vote if you haven't already done so. Leave nothing to chance or fraud. If the votes are overwhelming then they can't cheat their way into the White House.