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Developing Stories from Election Protection: 8 a.m.

November 4, 2008

***8 a.m. DEVELOPING STORIES FROM ELECTION PROTECTION***

VIRGINIA

Polling place problems are widespread across the state of Virginia. We're hearing directly from over ten locations all across the state, including Richmond, Portsmouth, Lynchburg, Chesapeake, Vienna and Virginia Beach.

Some of the most common problems reported are long lines, which experts have expected. However, polling machines and ballot boxes are not functioning properly in several locations and some voters are reporting there have been no offers of paper ballots. Some polling places were not open as of 7am.

PENNSYLVANIA

We are receiving reports from multiple polling places in Philadelphia that voting machines are out of order or did not arrive at the location. This is causing long lines--we received one report that a line has reached more than 500 people.

If 50% or fewer of the voting machines are working, polling officials must provide paper ballots to voters. We are monitoring this trend and investigating each report.

OHIO

Election Protection has received reports from numerous polling locations in Columbus that are experiencing severe problems with voting machines, resulting in long lines.  In some places, none of the machines are working.

FLORIDA

Developing story: Tallahassee voters show up to polls, only to find ballots are missing.

Stay tuned for more updates.

To search Election Protection's voter database, visit www.ourvotelive.org. For media inquiries, email us or call Debra Greenspan at 202-741-5573.