Tuesday, November 2, 2004

MD: Record voter turnouts predicted, but some glitches reported

By Tim Donnelly, The Gazette, November 2, 2004


Poll workers across the county are reporting record voter turnout in the first half of this closely watched election day, despite reports of some problems with voting machines and equipment failures.


TrueVoteMD, the nonpartisan voter rights group that is watching polls statewide, said they have been fielding a constant stream of calls all day reporting problems with the voting machines and the cards voters use to activate the machines. But technicians have been out at the scenes trying to fix the problems, said Amanda Bowers, a staff worker for the organization. Bowers could not provide specific information about problems in Prince George’s County.

At Mother Jones Elementary School in Adelphi, election judges told people lined up first thing this morning to return later after a problem with the voting machines required fixing. Some voters left while others remained in line and waited another 30 minutes until the machines were repaired.

The phone number to the County Board of Elections was busy all morning and early afternoon.

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