The Election Protection hotline received more than 58,000 calls by 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, logging a number of issues including voter ID at the polls, broken voting machines, and long lines.
“It’s already started and it’s busy,” said Barbara Arnwine, president of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
The hotline has fielded calls about problems with ballot scanners in the Ohio cities of Cleveland, Dayton, and Toledo; late-opening polling places in minority precincts in Galveston, Tex.; and voters in some Tampa Bay, Fla. being directed to the wrong precinct to cast provisional ballots.
Arnwine also called the voting situation in New Jersey a “catastrophe,” as the new procedures put in place after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy have hit major snags.
Election Protection is monitoring the situation in these areas and others reporting problems across the country through our 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline.