November 4th, 2008
10:19 AM ET
11 years ago

Soggy ballots challenging scanning machines in Chesapeake, VA

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Virginia voters faced rainy weather early Tuesday morning while waiting to vote."]
(CNN) – Some voting machines are not working properly in Chesapeake, Virginia because of wet weather, according to voters and the State Board of Elections. Spokesman Ryan Enright confirmed the rain is throwing a wrench in the works in a few places that use optical-scan paper ballots.

He said ballots were getting soaked as water drips off wet voters walking into polling stations. That makes the scanner unable to read a ballot.

The Virginia State Board of Elections is encouraging all voters to dry off before filing out ballots to avoid problems.

And to solve the problem of wet ballots, the polling station is collecting them in a secure container next to the polling machine. Once dried, these ballots will be tabulated by officials, Enright said.

He added that while this will mean a longer processing time for election officials, it should not affect voters and their wait time.

Filed under: Virginia • Voter Problems
soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. Paulette, Chesterfield, VA

    Towels would be a great idea!

    GO McCAIN............

    November 4, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. ERIC

    Hey John in Ohio,

    Virginia Hijinks? Now Republicans are controlling the weather and making it rain on democratic voters? You're about as intelligent as the dummies letting their ballots get wet indoors.

    November 4, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Gary from Ga.

    Don – Noah it's not the liberal media that has this country in such a mess ... it's the 12 years of a Republican controlled congress and the 7 rubber stamp years that was given to our moron of a president by that congress> VOTE OBAMA

    November 4, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. kelly

    It's not rain that's making the ballots wet, it's the liberal news media salavating

    November 4, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. tired of obama already

    of course its allllllllll the republicans, the democrats can do no wrong

    :rolls eyes:

    November 4, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. To Noah

    Noah, had the Palin story you refer to before had it. It was not only on the front page, it was in a huge red banner at the top.

    November 4, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Manofhonor

    I just voted this morning at 6:15 am in Virginia. Don't know why people ballots are getting wet, but I guess they have it correct in Churchland, Va (thats Portsmouth for people who don't know).

    Stop giving people there ballots out side. ha ha ha

    November 4, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Kim

    Oh, yeah, you Republicans can't stand Obama.....well, exactly how much have YOU enjoyed the last 8 years?

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

    Why do people post so much hate. No matter who you are for or against, being divisive will not help.

    November 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. Rad Phil

    Everyone....the reason this situation came up, is that it's pouring here at Richmond, and quite frankly, it's not unheard of people coming in and being wet.

    Also, I'm honestly getting sick and tired of these immature comments from both sides of the party. At this point I'm rarely even seeing decent comments anymore. =/

    November 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Sarah Palin was only cleared by a partisan committee... it doesn't mean anything.

    November 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. SSL

    Gee, John in Ohio. You must be mistaken, only your messiah can cause it to rain. Republicans don't have that kind of power.

    November 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Charles

    That's not true Noah. That was a bias panel of appointed officials by Palin. This voting system is a joke!!!
    Karl Rove just said something true in my lifetime: OBAMA BY A LANDSLIDE

    November 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. TimInNC

    Actually, Noah, she wasn't cleared of any wrong doing. The report actually says she would have been within her rights as Gov to fire anyone she wanted, but that she abused her power in the process.

    November 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. cindy

    Election reform NOW!

    November 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Dr. Pickles

    Would you like for us Canadians to send down some elections monitors? Honestly, we voted last month and there seemed to be no problems here. No contested results and I waited less than 10 minutes to register at the polls and vote. We're really good at it. I'm just saying.

    November 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Hillary

    Va goes Republican. Obamacons cry foul. Not a dry liberal eye in the state. Hippies retract threats of moving to Canada and settle for fighting to legalize marijuana.

    November 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Daniel

    Don, learn how to spell then maybe your comments against the "liberal media" will be taken seriously.

    This is a mess and needs to be corrected NOW.

    November 4, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Craig the independent


    Give it a rest. Preparing your conspiracy theories now in case Obama loses? There is crap happening on both sides of the isle. Stop being a naive sheep.

    November 4, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. female Obama supporter in CA

    To Noah who said: "Liberals are working overtime to ruin this country" in response to CNN's not publishing the results of the Troopergate investigation on the front page.

    Newsflash!....where have you been the last 2-3 months. This country was ruined long before this election began!!! And by the way, CNN did publish the story about both Troopergate and Sarah Palin's medical records. But at this point, who really cares as Sarah has done her own damage to her own name the moment she accepted the VP candidacy.

    November 4, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Brian

    Then WHY don't you complainers volunteer to work the polls? It is hard work and – clearly – thankless. If you think elections are "stolen" why not work an election for once and watch how it is done; and what jerks one's fellow citizens are. But it is all about YOU and YOUR pontificating about how brioke the system is. You blogg and blogg on here, but don't lift one finger to help. Don't blame the "election system" or "poll workers" or that this system is a "joke". YOU complainers, consparcy theorist, etc are the joke! Why not shut up and volunteer your precious time – oh, thats right, your too important, let someone else work the polls all day so you can stary b******g as soon as the votes are tallied and your candidate loses, alleging wild theories of voter fraud, etc. YOU ARE THE REASON THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN.

    November 4, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. unbiasednva

    Can we get a fair election in VA without all of the "unforunate" problems arising. How many more thieveries can the American public stomach

    November 4, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. robert j

    to Noah,,Are you for real?? Palin not guilty of anything,,,it was proven by Republicans and Democrats that she violated the state ethics code by using her political office to influence a personal issue!
    Can you not read and understand facts or are litteraly blinded by bias?
    You still support the chief moron in charge today don't you?
    Do you visit this palnet regularly or just for special occasions?

    November 4, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Jacqueline for Obama/Biden 08!

    "Ferd Berfall," hate is such a strong word to use, especially for your next President of the United States! Get over it Ferd! : )

    November 4, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Ken

    Don, and his like-minded fellow koolaide-drinking spew-nonsense-to-the- end [R]s, have turds for brains. I hope their self-imposed "suffering" over the next 4 years is intense; they deserve every bit of anxiety they can muster within themselves over a [D] president AND congress. And just think, by electing G. Bush and his [R] lemmings to Congress between 2000 and 2006, Don and his buddies have set the bar so low for future judgements of success, the [D]s can't help but be successful.

    November 4, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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