Although voter tampering and election fraud hasn’t been discovered yet, here is a massive list of “issues” occurring on election day. Leaving the races in many states suspect to the credibility of election results pertaining to: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Below is a limited list of occurrences I was able to compile in just a couple of hours.
Arizona, Florida, Georgia and Texas — stood out as particularly problematic, said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee.
The coalition said calls came in about voting machines flipping votes in Illinois, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas, though they said the events did not seem to be widespread.
Civil rights groups successfully launched last-minute lawsuits in several states to extend voting hours late into the night, including in Fulton County, Ga., and Harris County, Texas.
The nonpartisan Election Protection Hotline received more than 30,000 calls by Tuesday night, according to the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which operates the line. The number is the highest it has gotten during a midterm election in the 18 years it has monitored election day issues. During the 2014 midterm, the hotline received just over 17,000 calls.
Complaints also came in about how voter identification laws were being applied in many states.
Last week, civil rights groups sued to keep tens of thousands of mostly African American voters from having their votes restricted because the names on their IDs did not precisely match voting rolls, including middle names and hyphens.
Long lines and malfunctioning machines marred voting in some precincts across the U.S. Some voters reported waiting up to three hours to vote, with some of the biggest problems in Georgia and New York.
In Florida and California, some voters assigned to polling stations inside gated communities complained that it took them up to an hour to get their cars past security gates.
Voting problems, which largely were connected to malfunctioning voting machines reported in Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia
Voters who went to a polling place in Chandler, Ariz., a Phoenix suburb, found the doors locked and a legal notice announcing that the building had been closed overnight for failure to pay rent.
In Maricopa County, Ariz., those attempting to vote hit several stumbling blocks throughout the day. For at least 20 minutes before noon, the entire computer system for the county stopped working. Printers were also down at polling places for several hours.
Late Tuesday, a judge denied a request by the Lawyers’ Committee and the Arizona Advocacy Network and Foundation to extend voting hours to make up for the mishaps.
Voting-rights monitors reported major delays at some sites because of problems with printing ballots.
Voters at the regional centers were being turned away or endured long waits after printers that produce ballots tailored to their home precincts malfunctioned
Voters from Deer Valley to Phoenix were told they would likely experience long lines due to printer problems, according to The Arizona Republic. At least one polling site in Phoenix admitted it had run out of ballots in the morning, apologized for the inconvenience and suggested voters come back later.
“They did about 25 minutes of voting, until they said that they couldn’t print anything,” Evan English, who arrived at his designated polling place at 6 a.m., told The Arizona Republic.
California Common Cause said its volunteers received 2,000 calls to its voting hotline, many with questions about changes to polling places.
In one unusual interruption in Bakersfield, a driver crashed into a elementary school and ran away, leading police to lock down the polling place.
In North Hollywood and Canoga Park, a jammed ballot box and a broken voting machine led to problems.
At the Los Angeles County registrar’s office in Norwalk, hundreds lined up for more than two hours to iron out registration issues, including new voter registrations.
Early voters were told to return later at one precinct in Sarasota County. Poll workers said their ballots were not yet available.
A local judge kept several sites in Gwinnett County open extending voting by more than two hours.
A handful of precincts were also held open for several hours in Fulton County, which includes much of Atlanta.
At Annistown Elementary School in Snellville, Ga., in Gwinnett County, voters reported standing in line for hours amid problems with voting machines.
Complaints also came in about how voter identification laws were being applied in Georgia, home to a hotly contested governor’s race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp.
In Fulton County, Ga., there were other voting problems, including at a recreation center that received fewer than half the number of voting machines it was supposed to get.
In a voting precinct at a senior living complex in Atlanta, voters waited in the rain in long lines that stretched around the building. Confused workers turned voters away from the parking lot.
A sign discouraging college students from voting was spotted at polling place in Rexburg, Idaho, on Tuesday morning.
In Chicago, a judge ordered voting hours to be extended at five locations after precincts opened late and voters said ballot pages were missing.
In predominantly Latino Dodge City, Kan., county officials moved its only polling station to a new location a few miles outside of town, more than a mile beyond the city’s last bus stop.
In New York City, a co-chairman of the state election board, Douglas Kellner, said scanners were breaking down at a higher-than-usual rate because it was using a two-page ballot and the weather was damp.
Turnout was so heavy at one packed precinct on Manhattan’s Upper West Side that the line to scan ballots stretched around a junior high school gym on Tuesday morning.
Poll workers there told voters that two of the roughly half-dozen scanners were malfunctioning and repairs were underway.
Voters arriving at two separate polling stations discovered that most scanners had broken down, forcing some people to drop their ballots in “emergency ballot boxes” or vote using an affidavit ballot.
Officials said high humidity prevented ballots in some precincts from being able to be fed through tabulators in some precincts in Wake and Forsyth counties.
At least two polling places on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota ran out of preprinted ballots, forcing the Sioux County auditor, Barbara Hettich, to make photocopies.
Matt Samp, an organizer with the advocacy group Four Directions, said that he had asked Ms. Hettich a week ago to print more ballots, but that she insisted she had enough.
The polling place in Cannon Ball, N.D., started the day with only 195 ballots for a voting-age population of more than 500.
Mr. Samp said a Four Directions worker drove the copies from Fort Yates to Porcupine — about 30 miles — because Ms. Hettich’s office did not have anyone available to do it.
Native American tribal leaders had rushed to print thousands of new IDs to comply with a new voter ID law that requires voters to have IDs with residential addresses, something many Native Americans there do not have so instead use post office boxes because they live on reservations without traditional addresses.
In Columbus, Ohio, a video showed a voter casting an electronic ballot for the Republican candidate for governor, Mike DeWine, but the paper record in the video shows a vote cast for Mr. DeWine’s Democratic opponent, Richard Cordray.
There was confusion in Allegheny County, where at least four polling places were changed in the last two days.
A man was accused of threatening to shoot poll workers who told him he wasn’t registered to vote.
Some voting machines lacked power or the devices needed to activate them.
A spokesman for the State Election Commission said problems with malfunctioning voting machines were limited.
A woman said she called 911 after waiting outside her polling place for 45 minutes to get help because she’s disabled.
In Houston, a worker was removed from a polling site and faced an assault charge amid a racially charged dispute with a voter.
A Houston resident who attempted to vote in the morning at her polling place, said a mistake by poll workers left her temporarily unable to cast a regular ballot when they accidentally scanned her in the electronic voting system as having voted before she actually did.
A judge ordered nine polling locations in Harris County to remain open an extra hour after civil rights organizations complained.
Delays were also reported in Houston, Texas, after apparent issues with registration check-in machines at some polling places.
Voters at an east Houston polling place were told some machines had simply stopped working. “They were not charged overnight or…had been charged but stopped working for some reason,” voter Crystal Brumfield told The Texas Tribune Tuesday. “Their direction was, if you can, just come later because they’re not expecting them to be fully charged until the afternoon.”
According to the Texas newspaper, at least 18 polling stations across Harris County either did not open at their scheduled time or reported having broken machines — possibly both.
In Knox County, Tenn., storms led to blackouts, that left several polling places without electricity, forcing them to resort to paper ballots.
I seem to remember an issue with Arkansas I found while doing my research as well (which would bring the total to 20 out of 50 states) but I can’t remember where so it is not cited.
Feel free to add to the list.