Voting

Two Problem Spots?

Election Protection — the alliance of legal and issue groups monitoring election problems — just held its first of three press briefings today, and two problem spots emerged.

They're both significant.

Election Protection says more than 1,000 complaints have come in from Virginia, and EP lawyers are talking with the Virginia Elections Board. Virginia finds itself a battleground state for the first time since 1964.

Hillsborough County, FL, is the other area that kept coming up in the EP discussion, apparently due to major problems with voting machines. Hillsborough includes Tampa and sits at the western end of I-4. The I-4 corridor across Florida is the most hard-fought turf in the swing state.

This isn't to say everything's smooth as glass elsewhere. EP reports machine breakdowns in New Jersey, especially in minority areas; "massive" problems with old-fashioned lever machines in New York; and a shortage of paper ballots in Pennsylvania, another state that's registered more than 1,000 complaints already today.

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