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Polling Issues Include Slow Machines, Paper Jams, Not Enough Pens

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UNDATED (AP) - Scattered voting glitches are being reported at
some polling places from the Eastern Seaboard to Chicago.
In some New Jersey precincts, voters needed to use paper ballots
due to problems with electronic voting machines. In Chesapeake,
Virginia, approximately 1,000 people had to stand in line to vote,
and some people reported malfunctioning machines.
In counties around Richmond, Virginia, authorities said paper
jams on some machines and balky touch-screen machines had local
registrars also considering paper ballots.
The same issue came up in Chicago, where the touchscreen machine
at the Club Lucky bar and restaurant was on the blink. That meant
voters had to use paper ballots. Voting was slowed on the South
Side when there weren't enough pens to mark ballots.
A Chicago official also reports that three election judges
didn't show up, so he had to recruit volunteers from among voters
standing in line. Things have been starting to move better,
however, amid balmy weather.

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