“It shouldn’t be this way, but that’s how it is. They ran out of paper. Why? I don’t know.”
We’ve seen Arizona be a mess all day today. Now polling places in Pennsylvania’s Luzerne County will stay open until 10 PM because machines ran out of paper.
Long lines of people waiting to cast their ballot Tuesday morning in Luzerne County, but it wasn’t because of voter turnout. There just wasn’t enough paper.
Similar issues have been reported to our newsroom in Dorrance Township and Dallas Township.
In Luzerne County, voting in person is a two-step process. Voters go to a machine that looks like an iPad, cast their vote, and their ballot is printed on a piece of paper. Then voters take that piece of paper and put it into a tabulation machine or scanner. Without the proper paper, provisional ballots were given to some voters until paper could be delivered. Many voters we spoke with were frustrated.
“It shouldn’t be this way, but that’s how it is. They ran out of paper. Why? I don’t know,” said Dominic Bechetti from Harveys Lake.
It was the same problem at several other polling places in Luzerne County, including Dorrance Township.
“While we were in there, someone had called for paper again, asking, and I said, ‘Please don’t give ours away. We have enough people here who would like to vote, and if you give our paper away, we won’t be able to vote. that’s not fair,'” said Linda Hoffman.
“That seems very odd that there’s a few places around here that no paper and when it’s Election Day,” said Brad Spaide. “You have people, they’re working second or third shift, and they can’t get back to vote. And their time is usually in the morning. Well, now they can’t cast their ballot.”
BREAKING: In Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, a judge just ordered the polls to stay open until 10 p.m. because voting machines literally ran out of paper. pic.twitter.com/SWihcheLOO
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