November 4th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
12 years ago

Lines, machine problems plaguing Indiana county near Chicago

(CNN) – Voting machine problems and some delays are reported in Lake County, Indiana, just across the state line from Chicago.

Damian Rico, communications director for the city of East Chicago, Indiana, said at one precinct in Riley Park, two machines were down for about 15 minutes when the polling place opened. Both machines are up and running now.

County election director Sally La Sota was not aware of any major problems, other than long lines.

The county is expected to vote heavily for Democrat Barack Obama. There is a significant black population and the county is just southeast of Obama's hometown of Chicago. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lake County has a 26% black population, 13.9% Hispanic population.

Statewide, officials say there are no significant problems. Jim Gavin, communications director for the Indiana Secretary of State, said there were long lines statewide but no issues that he was aware of.


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  1. Unite? Hardly

    Does is even matter if the people in IL Vote?? They are in the bag already for the Messiah..

    Big deal

    November 4, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. Barack the Vote

    November 4th, 2008 8:18 am ET
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    oh how surpirsing!!!!
    wonder who is behind that and all the machines that are broking down all over the country??? winck wink

    mm

    NOT THIS TIME ROVE, NOT THIS TIME LIMBAUGH
    NOT THIS TIME HENETY,
    NOT THIS TIME MCBUSH
    NOT THIS TIME

    WE THE PEOPLE WILL WIN
    WE THE PEOPLE WILL ELECT OUR PRESIDENT
    THE YOUTH WILL FINALLY HAVE A SAY
    NO MATTER WHAT THE REPBUBLICANS AND GOP, RNC, NRC, AND LIMBAUGH'S TROOPS DO NO THIS TIME

    WE THE PEOPLE WILL WIN AGAINST ALL ODDS

    OBAMA BIDEN 08 /12

    November 4, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. bruce

    funny how all the problems are in "swing states" that mcCain needs to carry//// someone better be watching this close...because we cannot afford another election to be stolen from us.

    November 4, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. GAWoman4Obama, Atlanta

    This is crazy. This is the United States of America, we send people up in space. With all the advanced technology here, we cant build voting machine that work. Our voitng system is so third world. I pray that God works with the minds of the poll worker & officals to have a clean heart & honest mind

    Obama/Biden 2008

    November 4, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Unite? Hardly................

    We love you toooo.

    Yes we can!

    November 4, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. Donna Richards

    If I was Obama I would be a bit piqued at his good friend Tim Kaine of Virginia. Machines breaking down, not enough machines, Kaine confidently backing him but not being organized enough to get it right.
    That's scarey, if his best friend can't cover his back on election day, it makes me very nervous about Georgia, Ohio etc.

    November 4, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. Female Voter

    Interesting how the machines are now "breaking down" come election day....HMMMM!?!?

    November 4, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    INDIANA, VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN, MCCAIN HELPED GET US IN THIS ECONOMIC MESS WE ARE IN TODAY, PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES ALL OVER AMERICA, WE LOST OUR SAVINGS, WE CAN'T AFFORD TO GIVE OUR FAMILIES THE THINGS THEY NEED, WE NEED OBAMA-BIDEN VOTE TODAY FOR OBAMA-BIDEN.

    November 4, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Factcheck

    INDIANA, not ILLINOIS. We are a whole different state, you know.

    November 4, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. Jamal

    Another swnig state...

    November 4, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. The World for Obama

    UNACCEPTABLE.

    FAILURE OF GOVERNMENT.

    REPUBLICAN MEDDLING?????????????????????????????

    November 4, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. President McCain

    We are all Americans!

    November 4, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. KW-nc

    Crispus Attucks fell so that Rosa Parks could sit,

    Rosa Parks sat so that Dr. Martin Luther King could march,

    Dr. Martin Luther King marched so that Barack Obama could run,

    and Barack Obama is running so that our children and grandchildren can FLY."

    Obama/Biden 08

    November 4, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. M. Wilson

    As a fifty-seven year old teacher who has watched the many changes in our country I have never been prouder. Married for over twenty-two years to a Methodist minister, who died on Feb. 11, 2007, I know in my heart this would be the first Presidential election where we would not have canceled each other out. I thought I had seen a man who comes only once in a lifetime when I saw Kennedy. How blessed I am to be able to see Barak Obama. I have hope again in the future of our country and our world.

    November 4, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. GAWoman4Obama, Atlanta

    Unite? Hardly:

    You are so unamerican to say the the people in IL's vote dont count

    November 4, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. SC BLUE

    We are DETERMINED to do whatever it takes to insure every legal vote is cast and counted. We will NOT allow them to STEAL another one..we have been finally energized to defend our RIGHT TO VOTE. This is America..let every voter vote, and count every vote.

    November 4, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. James Jarrell

    Freedom, It rings in each individuals vote!

    November 4, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. Sam

    This is a story about INDIANA voting problems, not Illinois. So yes, it is a big deal.

    November 4, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. mb

    Republicans have been trouble in Lake County all along. Would not surprise me if the machines are not rigged.

    November 4, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. Hoosier101

    Well, "Unite? Hardly", you need to re-read this article, as short as it is. We're talking about Lake County, Indiana. Not Illinois. And Indiana actually chose Hilary over Obama in the primaries. Not to mention that Indiana has not cast it's electoral votes for a Democrat since 1964 (JFK).

    The last few polls in Indiana have shown a virtual tie at 48% for each candidate. Hardly the rubber-stamping that you've attributed to Illinois. The Hoosier state has become a battleground state, so the voter turnout and accessibility to the polls has become an issue of tantamount importance. Especially in traditionally Democratic Lake County, where voting problems and accusations of fraud have run rampant for most of the last century.

    If Obama hopes to win Indiana's 11 electoral votes, he would have to rely on high voter turnout in Lake County (Gary, Hammond, East Chicago), Marion County (Indianapolis), and any other more urbanized county.

    So yes, it is a big deal.

    November 4, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. kelly WI

    Problems? You mean the machines won't let the person vote more than once? Those same people who vote in several states?
    So full of fraud its pathetic.
    Don't blame me when the country is destroyed. I didn't vote for the marxist.

    November 4, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. Maggie from Virginia

    People have been waiting in lines for days in Illinois. We are making a loud and clear statement this election. We are taking nothing for granted.

    November 4, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  23. Troy B.

    Hey "Hardly",

    First, this report is from INDIANA, NOT Illinois. You may not be aware that Indiana is a historically very red state which several polls currently show to be a "toss-up." Therefore, I find this story to be interesting and relevant.

    Second, why choose to be so bitter? You may prefer a different candidate, but the fact is that regardless of who wins you still have 99% more control over your own happiness than whoever moves into W's pad in DC. Turn that frown upside down, and buck up li'l camper!

    "SOLID!
    SOLID LIKE BARACK!!"

    November 4, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. Bikll,Ca

    So much for US technology.

    Don't reward republicans because they are responsible for this mess.

    GET them all out.

    Obama / Biden

    November 4, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  25. Georgia for Obama

    I wondering why majority of the problems in the election in the black area..........Not this time the republican will still this election.

    November 4, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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