November 4th, 2008
10:55 AM ET
5 years ago

Some machine problems reported in Philly

Some Philadelphia voters will have to use emergency ballots due to broken machines.
Some Philadelphia voters will have to use emergency ballots due to broken machines.

(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.


Filed under: Pennsylvania • Voter Problems
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Keep it honest Pennsylvania. Don't become the Florida of 2008.

    Get it right.

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 4, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Conservative for Obama

    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!

    November 4, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Republicans Stealing Election Again?

    Why do the Republicans continue to steal election?

    November 4, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. VA

    VOTE McCain*Palin!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Kelly, San diego, ca

    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?

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    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?!

    November 4, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Another Smith

    Kiss your Land of Liberty good-bye with a vote for Obama. He is not a Patriot!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Hope

    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!!

    November 4, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. BARACK THE VOTE

    WHY IS THIS HAPPENING STILL?! ARE WE THAT TECHNOLOGICALLY CHALLENGED OR ARE THE REPUBLICANS THAT DESPERATE?

    November 4, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Babs68

    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.

    November 4, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Enough

    So that's what McCain meant when he said that he WILL win the election today! Hmmmmm

    November 4, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. Nancy Philadelphia PA

    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

    November 4, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. LMS

    Ugh, what a mess!

    November 4, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Ron from NJ

    " 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.

    November 4, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. tattees

    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

    November 4, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. Sherri

    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...

    November 4, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. jack richmond

    Is the name Diebold anywhere on these machines?

    November 4, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. j martinez

    It's always someone elses fault isnt it.

    November 4, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Marie

    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!

    November 4, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. nicolevoter

    Make sure you watch them mark that EB on your ballot before you walk away!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. Tamara, an Obamaniac

    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!

    November 4, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. Here we go again!

    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.

    November 4, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. lory

    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!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. Alex

    Wow. Ridiculous.
    Maybe if they forget their training they should be...um...RETRAINED?! or FIRED?!

    Christ almighty....

    November 4, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Niccole in Georgia *OBAMA/BIDEN08*

    Battleground States with voting problems:

    1)North Carolina
    2)Virginia
    3)Indiana
    4)Flordia
    5)Pennsylvania

    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.

    gObama!

    November 4, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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