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Developing Stories from Election Protection: 9 a.m.

November 4, 2008

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

As of 9am, Election Protection has received nearly 20,000 calls to the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline.

PENNSYLVANIA

Local election officials are deputizing trained Election Protection volunteers because pollworkers in Pittsburgh are overwhelmed by the crush of voters.

Hundreds of calls from voters are indicating major obstacles to casting ballots in polling locations across the state. Broken voting machines are causing long lines at polls, and some voters are experiencing difficulties accessing the paper ballots to which they are entitled. Some voters are illegally being given provisional ballots and paper ballots are running out at multiple locations. Problems are being reported throughout Philadelphia.

VIRGINIA

We continue to be flooded by calls from voters in Virginia experiencing issues with machines in more than ten polling places all across the state, problems far more severe than expected. Our attorneys are urgently working to seek remedies to the situation.

OHIO

We are receiving reports of general confusion and mechanical malfunctions in Cleveland. Stay tuned for updates.

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.