November 4th, 2008
07:52 PM ET
13 years ago

Power outage causes delay in Akron, OH

(CNN) - A power outage briefly delayed voting in Akron, in the battleground state of Ohio Tuesday. Summit county Board of Elections director Marijean Donofrio says the power went out at two polling places, a school and a community center for about 20 minutes for an unknown reason. Donofrio says election officials were able to restore electricity using a generator. She says turnout in the county has been heavy but voters in line at the times the polls closed at 7:30pm would be eligible to vote.

Filed under: Ohio • Voter Problems
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. katie

    Are you kidding me with this?? Why can't we have an honest election? This is an outrage.

    November 4, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  2. Alicia

    OK Ohio we are watching you. Don't try to steal this one

    November 4, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. Tony

    Akron is a predominately democratic city. If anything is suspicous its on the Obama and democratic side. Just like the fake voters they are registering.

    November 4, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. Alex

    Yes this does sound very suspicious. Lets hope Ohio OR Florida don't screw this election up like they did before.

    November 4, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. ONLY IN OHIO would think they would have been prepared...sounds VERY suspicious...OOPS...lights went out....Old trick

    November 4, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  6. MKUltraPDX

    Another reason voting machines are a bad idea.

    Also, why is it always Ohio?

    November 4, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  7. Peggy T.

    It is crazy that there are so many problems with being able to vote four years from the last election. It really makes me wonder if these aren't things that are man made to try & influence the votes. This is the United States of America, people are suppose to vote for the canidate of choice in each & every state. We need to have accountability in these voting. We also need to get rid of the electorial college, there may of been a reason to of had it at one time, but it's time to let the majority of the people speak, not just those that are in involved with the electorial college.

    November 4, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. Jessica

    I'm not surprised this is happening in Akron. The power goes out randomly over here. I was in a McDonalds when the lights went out on the whole street and the weather was sunny. They really need to invest money in upgrading their power grid.

    November 4, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  9. SolarMarty

    As a former Akron resident I am not surprised- probably some redneck driving his F350 into a substation. Go OH-Bama!

    November 4, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. Rohan

    bless up mr. obama wi deh yah in jamaica, and wi can feel di powers u a bring, blesss!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    November 4, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  11. matt

    Yes it does

    November 4, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. pac4barak

    blah! must be those right wingers lol

    November 4, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  13. anthony ogbuji

    Wow!!! sounds like florida all over again, i stay 45min fron akron and it is 70 degrees out side hope they dont claim weather related issues with the power issues

    November 4, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  14. OBAMA 08

    Im from Akron and fortunately I voted early. Yea we had power outages which is very suspect. Power lines, cable out whats up OHIO?

    November 4, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  15. maurice

    leslie this election wasnt stolen it was bought

    November 4, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  16. observer

    Well, DUH, these problems only happen in swing states.

    November 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. Linda Rosales

    Trends? i got one!

    Maybe the Republican voters in Rural America need more radio and TV access to know whats what! We need the Fair Doctrine nationwide so they have both sides!

    Colorado Democratic Voter!

    P.S I was a Hillary delegate, had a tough time deciding until McCain picked Sarah Pallin. Then it was a no brainer (pun intended).


    November 4, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  18. Mo in Columbus, OH 4 OBAMA

    The power also went out a a polling place in Reynoldsburg, OH, which is a suburb of Columbus. I voted early...

    November 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Early voting in Ohio started a month ago. No reason to be stuck in long lines today.

    November 4, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  20. Gabe

    Hmmm...Somebody got worried about the Zip's voice. Hope it didn't reset the machine or something. We're watchingggg summit !

    November 4, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th


    November 4, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  22. Slp

    Figures it has to be ohio! Akron of all places i live in akron. Do i smell set-up!? Sounds fishy to me we shall see.

    November 4, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. ten t-shirt

    Why is this keep happen to Ohio but, keep hope live that everthing happen fairly.

    November 4, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  24. Dave

    It's amazing to me how people that are not even from the Akron area and haven't the vaguest idea what they're talking about, have the most to say. I do live there, the power outage was short, and everybody who wants to will get to vote. As for the snide comments about Ohio stealing the election, it's not even possible. The only thing stolen in Ohio or anywhere else is evidently common sense. Pea brains looking for a conspiracy behind everything. Especially Mr Galoot who can't even spell.

    November 4, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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