Ballot Watch: Eyes on the Election

Concern over possibly fraudulent voting machines in Philadelphia arose when two voting machines showed hundreds of votes already registered by the time voting stations opened. But Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham inspected the two machines and said the confusion stemmed from the fact that one counter on the machine records the total number of votes ever cast, while another tallies the day's votes. The day's vote counter began at zero, she said. Still, Republican officials pointed out that Abraham is a Democrat and said they might go to court to have the machines impounded.

South Carolina

Two precincts in Greenville County experienced problems with their new touch-screen voting machines. Some early voters had to use paper ballots as technicians repaired the machines. The machines were working properly about 90 minutes after polls opened, according to the AP.


At a Virginia Union University voting station in Richmond, voters waited for up to two hours as workers tried to fix ballots that showed the wrong names of candidates for Congress, according to the AP. At one point, some voters were asked to use paper ballots but they said the ballots ran out.

West Virginia

In Kanawha County, a poll worker accidentally closed a slat on a ballot box that was not supposed to be shut until the polls close, according to the AP. The box was reset by 7:15 a.m., but the delay forced a few residents to cast provisional ballots.


ABC News reported from the Bush-Cheney satellite headquarters in Milwaukee that between 18 and 30 vans that were going to be used to transport Republican volunteers to voting stations had flat tires. Witnesses said they were slashed overnight. Campaign workers said the incident slowed them down by about 90 minutes.

Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager issued a statement saying the Wisconsin Department of Justice received several reports alleging polling place observers had illegally attempted to turn away voters with misleading and false information. People attempting to vote in Milwaukee, Kenosha and Racine counties were told they were unable to register at the polls -- Wisconsin has same-day registration. Lautenschlager assigned agents into the field at various polling places throughout the state.

The Advancement Project, a voting rights group, said it filed a complaint to keep a Milwaukee polling station open 90 minutes later, until 9:30 p.m., due to a delay in the morning. A spokesperson for the Advancement Project said the ballots arrived late at the polling station.

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