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There are going to be a lot of diaries today on voting machine malfunctions, voter suppression and intimidation, poll worker mistakes and confusion, and on and on and on.  But here at Common Cause, we are getting these stories straight from the voters themselves.

Common Cause is one of the public interest organizations running 1-866-My-Vote-1 this election season.  Voters can call this number to find their polling place (and indeed, the majority of calls are for that purpose), or to report problems voting.

We want to share these voter stories with you all, so that you can get reports of problems almost literally as they happen, as well as stay up to date on what steps are being taken to correct these problems.

So throughout the day I'll be updating here with news on problems and the hotspots that are popping up around the country.  Check back for the latest stories!

Here are two calls that we received from Wayne County, Michigan:

"Hi, Precinct 13 at Adler Elementary on Fillmore.  The machine that counts the ballots was not operating this morning just after opening.  I left at five minutes to eight; I was there at 7 am, and it was not counting the ballots, so we had to put it in and they assured us it would be hand-counted, but a lot of people were very upset."

"Uh, the voting machines this morning won't take the voting cards.  They keep saying error, and like seven or eight of us had to put our ballots to the side while they call in repairs or whatever."

And we're receiving reports that voters in Mercer, PA, are being asked what party they're affiliated with.  More on that as it comes in...

Originally posted to DCreformer on Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 07:19 AM PST.

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  •  Call from St. Louis (4+ / 0-)
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    biscobosco, Halcyon, kraant, Lashe

    Here's a call we got from St. Louis, one of many regarding polling places that didn't open on time:

    “St. Louis City, Ward 24, 3 Wilkinson School, the voting polling place is not yet open, uh, it is twenty after 6, people are leaving.  Thank you, St. Louis City.”

    •  Pollworkers in PA asking about party affiliation (5+ / 0-)

      "I voted this morning at Bushkill Elementary School in Nazareth, PA, and the pollworkers there were taking down our names on a piece of paper and writing R or D for Republican or Democrat next to our names, and this was on an open table where everyone could view it, and it seems a bit, um, odd to me, I thought that information should be private, and I wanted to report that.”

      Jokes about the school's name aside, asking a voter's party affiliation and making no secret of it would certainly count as intimidation to some.

  •  Hi, Common Cause, and thanks for what you (3+ / 0-)
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    Owl of Minerva, kraant, DCreformer

    are doing today to GOTV and take the accounts from those who could not vote. Did you notice that there is an "Open Thread" on the frontpage here that taking accounts from people with a phone number to call in case of intimidation or other voting problems? It may be that you do not get a lot of comments because people see that story first.

    It amazes me that polling places did not open on time, even after twenty minutes.

    I was thinking it might be good if we could have a national law that mandated polling workers to be paired with a person of the opposite party.

    Keep up the good work!

    We will never eliminate poverty in America unless we do it comprehensively and more incrementalism. - John Edwards

    by Gorette on Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 07:39:16 AM PST

    •  Thanks for the encouragement (0+ / 0-)

      We'll need it today!

      I am trying to keep up with the open thread, but fear I am too bogged down to really keep pace.  You know how crazy it can get here in these comment sections, especially on a day like today!

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