ThinkProgress received the following email from a 23-year-old Philadelphia resident who was forced to use a provisional ballot despite being a registered voter:
I had problems today voting. I wasn’t on the voter list at my polling place and was required to fill out a provisional ballot. I saw this happen to a woman after me who had her registration confirmation card with her. She raised a bit of a stink which seemed justified to me.
I never received a registration confirmation card in the mail so I made sure to check that I was registered with the PA DoS before heading to the polls. (I did this online.) I was indeed registered. After submitting my provisional ballot at the polls I called the DoS and again confirmed that I was registered in Phila County and was at the correct polling location. I’m not sure how they put the voter lists together that they use at the polls, but unless they print them a month in advance I don’t see how they could be missing registered voters who are in the DoS database.
Poll workers told him they had already issued provisional ballots to 8 or 9 people at the Cedar Park polling location by 10 am. Both the person in front and behind him were also told they were missing from the rolls. ThinkProgress also spoke to an Obama campaign poll watcher who reported similar instances of young people’s registrations getting lost or omitted from the books in a different Philly precinct.
New Jersey has extended until Friday the deadline for voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy to email in their votes. Those voters must request ballots by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, but may return the ballots any time until Friday at 8 p.m.
Apparent confusion by poll workers and outdated voter rolls are forcing a significant number of Philadelphia voters to cast provisional ballots. Reports have been rolling in suggesting that registered voters’ names are missing from the voter rolls. Poll workers are asking them to vote on a provisional ballot that could not be counted for a week after the election ends.
The Philadelphia City Paper reports, “Some poll workers are not even instructing people that they can file provisional ballots, and other voters are reportedly just walking away in frustration.”
ThinkProgress has received several first-hand accounts from registered voters whose names are missing from the book.
An elderly man appeared to die at a Michigan polling station, causing another voter to rush over and perform CPR. As he came to and began breathing again, his first concern was finding out if he had voted. Ty Houston, a 48-year-old home care registered nurse, told the Detroit News that he was filling out his absentee ballot when the man’s wife screamed for help because her husband became unresponsive:
“He was dead,” Houston said. “He had no heartbeat and he wasn’t breathing. I started CPR, and after a few minutes, he revived and started breathing again. He knew his name and his wife’s name.”
What happened next astounded Houston and the victim’s wife.
“The first question he asked was ‘Did I vote?‘”
Houston said the man’s wife told him that she was more concerned about his health. He replied that two things were important to him today: “That I love you and that I finished what I came here to do … vote.”
A robocall from Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark (R) mistakenly told voters Tuesday that they could vote any time until 7pm — on Wednesday. A spokeswoman told the Tampa Bay Times that the calls, which encouraged voters to vote by close time “tomorrow” were queued to go out Monday, but some accidentally went out Tuesday morning. Carole Crist, the wife of former Gov. Charlie Crist, was among those receiving the incorrect message this morning. Clark’s office says it has since sent a correction robocall to those who received incorrect information. Though Clark is a Republican, she was highly critical of Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) failed voter purge in June.
Anchor Megyn Kelly observes: “the guys out here on the set say Ohio is not the new girl of the dance, replaced by Pennsylvania. They say, Ohio has been there, she is like the girl at the dance. And they said, Pennsylvania is more like the girl [you] used to date and then she lost a bunch of weight and then you take a second look at her, but maybe not.” Watch it:
During a New Hampshire radio show interview today, President Obama was asked if he and First Lady Michelle Obama would do a rendition of the dance in Psy’s “Gangnam Style” music video. “I just saw that video for the first time,” Obama said, according to the Associated Press. “I think I can do that move. But I’m not sure that the inauguration ball is the appropriate time to break that out.”
The Empire State Building will be displaying real time election results tonight, in partnership with CNN. The famed New York skyscraper will use an LED panel display to count up electoral votes for each candidate, with a marker at the decisive 270 line. The display, a first for the old building, will be aired on CNN, but it might prove more helpful to the New Yorkers who still lack power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (R-IN) may be down in the polls after claiming that pregnancies that result from rape are a “gift from God” — but the state treasurer is still campaigning hard. Mourdock told the Evansville Courier Press that his most memorable moments are with voters who have “accents that are not native Hoosier accents — not even traditional American accents.”
“I spoke to so many people who have immigrated to this country, who fear that our country could slide into what they left,” he said. “It keeps me well-motivated.”
Earlier today, a Pennsylvania voter posted video of a voting machine marking a vote for Mitt Romney when the voter pressed the appropriate location on the screen to vote for President Obama. The machine has now been taken out of service. Watch the video of the machine malfunction:
As the voter discovered the error before casting their ballot, there is no reason to believe their vote was miscast for Romney — although it is also not clear if other voters used the machine before the error was discovered.
Via Sergey Brin: “So my plea to the victors — whoever they might be: please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit. It is probably the biggest contribution you can make to the country.”
So she turned over the voter roll to him to find his own name, in violation of Board of Elections policy, officials said.
“The voter should not be looking through the poll list book in that way,” said Board of Elections spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez. If poll workers are having trouble, voters are instead encouraged to write their names on a slip of paper or to show some form of ID “to assist that.”
Bloomberg was eventually allowed into the voting booth after his 40 minute wait and the voter roll debacle. Afterwards he said, “People are putting up with the lines and they seem excited. This is what citizenship is all about.”
Kentucky and South Carolina are the only two states that still outlaw the sale of alcohol on Election Day, although Kentucky’s ban ends when the polls close at 6:00PM. Five other states — Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Utah and West Virginia — had similar laws four years ago, but have since repealed them.
Fox News host Sean Hannity apparently tweetedpictures of his ballot today. This may be a misdemeanor under New York State elections law which prohibits voters from showing a ballot “after it is prepared for voting, to any person so as to reveal the contents.”
A judge in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania has issued an order to “halt electioneering outside a polling location in Homestead.” “Individuals outside the polls are prohibited from questioning, obstructing, interrogating or asking about any form of identification and/demanding any form of identification from any prospective voter,” the order says. Republicans had been asking people outside the polls to show identification. Under the current law, voters will still be asked to present IDs at the polls, but an ID is not required to vote
Galicia Malone rushed to the hospital this morning to give birth — but first she made a pit stop at her local polling place. The Chicago insisted on voting while in labor. The name of her polling place? New Life Celebration Church.
Last month, a Pennsylvania court blocked some — but not all — of the state’s voter suppression law. Voters will still be asked to present IDs at the polls, but an ID is not required to vote today in the state.
But this week, residents in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, received a misleading mailer from the state claiming that they will have to show their ID in order to vote. Here’s what it looks like:
The Pennsylvania Department of State produced the mailer, and it was sent out in September before the voter suppression law was partially blocked. But state department spokesman Ron Ruman said his department did not send out the bogus mailer that Harrisburg voters are receiving now. “These mailings all were sent between Sept. 17 and 24″,” Ruman told philly.com. “We are looking into this, but the Department of State did not send these cards at this time.”
The car company Chrysler gave its employees the entire day off on Election Day to vote, according to Politico. In the final weeks of the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney launched a controversial ad in Ohio claiming that Chrysler was moving manufacturing jobs to China. The ad was so misleading it not only drew criticism from fact checkers, it even caused auto workers to fear losing their jobs.
Last night, Wisconsin’s GOP senate candidate Tommy Thompson compared his opponent, Tammy Baldwin, to a deer that his campaign car had killed on the road:
Thompson joked while talking to workers at the La Crosse steel fabricator that he got a deer even before the season opener. Actually it was one of his campaign cars; he said he was riding in the bus behind it when the crash happened early Sunday near Shawano. “Nobody was hurt,” he said. “It did a lot of damage. I think the deer was named Tammy Baldwin, but I’m not sure.”
In Connecticut, GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon is handing out sample ballots urging voters to support her and President Obama. McMahon is running as a Republican, but also qualified for the Independent Party:
Ahead of Election Day, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland asked voters why they’ll be voting this year and ran some of the photos on its front page:
Both candidates have heavily campaigned in Ohio, and more than a million state residents voted early despite Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted’s fight to eliminate the final three days of early voting in in the state.
This presidential campaign season was the first in history where Twitter played a major role in the day-to-day campaign. So as voters head to the polls today, here’s a look back at some of the most memorable tweets of the 2012 campaign — from the primary to its final day:
To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.
Minnesota Public Radio reports that voters in Minnesota are encountering political messages about the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in churches that are serving as polling places. At one church, a banner read, “Strengthen Marriage, don’t redefine it,” but a church official has confirmed that it has been removed. Two final polls suggest that the ban is going to fail.
Only two monitors will be posted in Austin, Texas, one from the United Kingdom and one from Denmark, neither of whom are particularly threatening to the United States. The number of monitors scheduled to be in Iowa? Zero. The outrage over these monitors’ presence comes this year despite their being at every national election in the U.S. for the last decade.
Volunteers with True the Vote, a Tea Party group that claims it is trying to fight voter fraud by challenging the right of voters to vote, may have committed fraud themselves. Plunderbund, an Ohio-based political blog, reported Monday that members of the group attempted to sign up as poll observers in African American-heavy precincts in central Ohio, but may have forged signatures to do so. ThinkProgress Justice has more.
“In all, 1,775,650 Ohioans cast their ballot before Election Day, either through the mail or in person, the secretary of state’s final early voting report says,” the Columbus Dispatch reports. “This was the first year most of Ohio’s 7.9 million registered voters were mailed absentee ballot applications.”
Trump has conducted robo-calls in Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Florida — crucial battleground states — and raised money for the GOP presidential hopeful. The billionaire also scoffed at the devastating storm that submerged New York and New Jersey, saying, “Hurricane is good luck for Obama again – he will buy the election by handing out billions of dollars. Not only giving out money, but Obama will be seen today standing in water and rain like he is a real president —don’t fall for it.”
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey residents can vote via e-mail. But the system is hitting some snags, BuzzFeed reports: “The email address listed on the website of the Morris County Clerrk, firstname.lastname@example.org, is not receiving email. Nor is the email, email@example.com, listed on the website of the Essex County Clerk, firstname.lastname@example.org and the County’s site. (The Essex County Clerk posted to his Facebook page Monday that voters could email requests to his personal Hotmail account.”
“I tell you what, you know, every time I do it — this is the 8th time that I’ve run statewide in the state of Delaware. It’s always a kick, it really is, to see people out here. I hope everybody exercises their right to vote. It’s a great honor. And people who are standing in line in a lot of places, I encourage you to stand in line as long as you have to.”
Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who has donated close to $100 million n to Republicans and pressured casino employees to vote for Mitt Romney, will attend the GOP candidate’s election party. “The Adelsons started off the year as the major benefactors of the super PAC Winning Our Future, which backed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s run for the Republican presidential nomination. ”
From 2008 to 2010, conservative media breathlessly — and repeatedly — reported that members of the Black Panther party were intimidating voters in Pennsylvania during the presidential election. Two African-American men did show up at a polling place dressed as stereotypical Black Panthers, but the Philadelphia District Attorney took no action because there were “no complaints and no evidence” of any wrongdoing and the Justice Department didn’t pursue the case since they had no reliable evidence showing that the Black Panthers violated the law.
Still, Fox and its allies covered the story incessantly and this morning sounded the alarm again, reporting at 8:00 AM that black men may be intimidating voters:
STEVE DOOCY (HOST): It’s Election Day. We’ve got new video we just showed you of a member of the New Black Panther Party standing guard outside a polling place in Philadelphia. The organization claims they are monitoring the 2012 election, but some critics say that looks like intimidation, like in 2008.