If you've felt comforted by the sight of those extremely long lines of people waiting to vote today, prepare to have that bubble burst. Voters are turning up to the polls in large numbers — but they're also being forced to wait for hours to cast their ballots, due to malfunctioning scanning machines, lack of pens, and other administrative and tech issues. Democracy is, quite literally, broken.
Outlets including NBC, Quartz, ProPublica, and others report that voters across the country, but particularly within New York state, have been forced to leave the polling stations without having cast their votes due to long delays preventing them from getting to work on time. But there are also heartening stories of people calmly lining up for hours without complaint in order to have their say.
Every scanner is broken at the Brooklyn Public Library so we’re now using the emergency ballot box. People have bee… https://t.co/w8yI54DVdE
So why is voting more difficult than usual this year? A combination of factors. Wet weather supposedly affects the functionality of scanning machines, voter turnout overall has been much larger than expected, and ballots in some states are more cumbersome than usual — in New York, they span two pages. The words "voter suppression" have been thrown around, not without cause.
More frustrated voter stories below. Many of those long lines and tech issues were reported earlier this morning, so now is a better time to hit the polling booths if you haven't already.
how is it that GA voting machines were sent WITHOUT POWER CORDS?!?!?!? This is VOTER SUPPRESSION PLAIN AND SIMPLE https://t.co/1aT3nH0687