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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soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Republicans will stoop to any low level. Be careful, people.

    I voted early for Obama/Biden

    November 4, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. JACKED-UP-POLITICS, FLORIDA

    It is amazing how the officials try to take the heat off by saying that "statewide there are no major problems."

    NEWS FLASH: IF ONE PERSON WHO IS IN LINE DOES NOT GET TO VOTE BECAUSE OF ELECTED OFFICIALS NOT BEING PREPARED W/ BACK UP PLANS SUCH AS PAPER BALLOTS THEN IT IS A PROBLEM!!!!!
    After this election, a major election reform needs to be done in this country. Go back to scantron sheets (paper ballots). Therefore you have a paper trail and do not have to spend so much money and resoures on maitiaining voting machines. America is a disgrace when it comes to the way voting is still being done.

    November 4, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Jennifer

    wow seriously. Now Indiana...all machines are breaking down in VA and now Indiana. No wonder! who is behind this? Those election officials or the government people are in charge of this things should be punished.

    Not this time McBush. not this time. Enough is enough.

    Vote for Obama. Indiana please dont get discouraged. Please vote for Obama.

    November 4, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. CanIcallyouJoe

    Voting Reform.
    Independent Third Party Analysis.

    This is the only way we can make the voting system better/work in this country and prevent the Republicans from stealing yet another election.

    There's only one way left that McCain can win, and wouldn't you know, the voting machines are having problems and people are forgetting ballots....

    November 4, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. NeoCons Are Nuts

    It would be VERY interesting to overlay poling places with voting machine problems with areas that are pro-Obama. I'll bet dollars to donuts that you will find an inexplicably heavy corelation.

    November 4, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. linda from South Dakota

    HANG TOUGH,, THIS YEARS SO IMPORTANT TO BE PATIENT AND VOTE,,,,

    November 4, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Deb I

    It is time NOW to start demanding full prosecution for all election fraud. There are criminal penalties for trying to steal the vote. Will the machines that "broke down and were worked on" be checked afterwords to make sure they weren't rigged to vote for McCain?

    November 4, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Ron Paul was the best choice.....

    Win, lose or draw, the people will speak and get what they deserve. A smooth talking eliteist with no practical experience or a patriotic septugenarian who would die in office.

    November 4, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. democracynow2008

    I hope these people in that area of Indina get the right to vote no matter how many hours it takes even if it means opening the polls till 11 PM .

    Whatever amount of hours these machines are notworking means the local election officials need to extend the voting hours to make certian every vote counts and I mean every .

    November 4, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. voted in Utah for Obama/Bidden

    Hardly, needs to grow up! Every one has the right to have their vote count. Just remember the election was stolen from in 2004. And, Bush and his slime ball sleazy friends did it. They are do the same again – do not think they aren't.

    It has been proven that the republicans will do anything to win. It is happening all over the country in early voting. Especially, with the minorty voters! Republicans think they own this country – not this time!
    We want a real president – not liars!!!!!!

    NO, MCIDIOT AND MOOSE LADY!

    November 4, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. Steven

    It's always the Democrat areas, isn't it?

    November 4, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. More than economics

    It is really sad that this election is so narrowly focused on the economic state of our country. Yes, I realize that our economy is in crisis but how about considering the morals of the candidates, Obama voting 3 times to allow live birth abortions, look at the the corruption in the state of Illinois – Obama the socialist's home state......

    I think the "McCain got us in the financial crisis" issue needs to go by the wayside and folks need to look at the long-term moral well being of our nation. Obama will crush the foundations of our Christian nation.

    November 4, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. michael boisson

    to kelly WI

    Marxist? What the hell are you on about? You've been brainwashed.

    November 4, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Joe in NJ

    Give it up already people and stop trying to blame every voting snafu on a Republican conspiracy. There have been major issues with voting procedures for decades. What we need is a standardized method of voting that can be independently monitored.

    November 4, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. Chantel

    This is where I was born, Gary, IN represent Obama/Biden!!

    November 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Niccole in Georgia *OBAMA/BIDEN08*

    Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, and now Indiana. Yes, we're paying attention and we won't stand for this fraud again. Where's the problems in the states that are heavily red, or blue? Why only battleground states?

    November 4, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Vincent, Great Lakes, Illinois

    Unite? Hardly

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

    Big deal
    ______________________________

    The answer is "yes" it does matter and it is a big deal to us. At least all those nasty, hate filled e-mails that have made their way around cyber space are now coming to an end.

    The only "un-American" people in this country are the ones who think they are the only "pro-America" ones.

    November 4, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Indianavoter

    I and my husband have already voted this morning. Westood in line for an hour in a rural county. We wereexcited about casting our votr for Barack Obama!

    November 4, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Jane Burns from NC

    Trust nothing...no articles...don't get overconfident.

    Go out and vote Obama. Bring snack and your patience!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Huh?

    It's interesting, just voted in Illinois. Lines were really long, but pretty efficient. I guess nobody is taking this election for granted.

    November 4, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. Barbara

    Lake County, IN residence please don't get discouraged. I stood in line for 3 hours in Crown Point for EARLY VOTING. As usual, anything the government touches will have it problems. Please hang in there and don't get out of line, our future and the future of our children are at stake. With all of the poverty and inequities we are faced with daily in Lake County and across the country we need every one to vote. WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. NO MORE BUSHISMS! GO VOTE!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. We Are All Real Americans

    Every vote – Democrat, Republican, Third party, Write-in – needs to be counted. I don't care where you live or who you're voting for, get to the polls and cast your vote. There will always be some problems, some understandable and some inexcusable. There will definitely be long lines in a lot of places today. Just get out there, don't leave without casting your ballot and don't take "No" for an answer! Anybody who says anything different is the real Un-American.

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. RD

    lets go!!!! OBAMA/BIDEN 2008-20012

    November 4, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. KLEE

    In the age of computers/ bloggers/ and interaction between voters and media – look out cheaters – WE ARE WATCHING YOU....and we know all the schemes, and if we don't, we know some things are highly suspect.....we won't let it go – and we must reform the election process.......

    OBAMA/BIDEN I voted in SC!! excellent.

    November 4, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Erik from Real PA

    What kind of third-world country is this, that we can't even run an election without all these problems?

    November 4, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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