Polling Place Problems Plague Early Part of Election Day
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Voting came to a halt for a time Tuesday at two election centers in Springfield.
First at Greenleaf Community Center. “We didn’t receive sufficient ballots on question 3, which is on a separate page, and we ran out of those, and while a phone call was made, it took a couple of minutes for the delivery to arrive here. We did receive them and the people weren’t complaining. Some said they weren’t going to vote on Question 3 anyway, and they went ahead and voted and others waited until the ballots got here,” said Tito Stevens.
Meanwhile, across town at Duggan Middle School, long lines sprawled down the halls as voters waited for more ballots to arrive.
They started to form when Warden Glenrose Tamesar arrived at 6. “I opened the polls at 7, and it was wrapped around the building,” she said. By 10 A.M. Duggan was fresh out of the 600 ballots.
On Election Day in such a tight presidential race, how could this be? “It happens. I don’t think they expected some people to come out but people came out before they went to work,” Tamesar stated.
Running out of ballots wasn’t Duggan’s only problem. Tamesar also said she’s seen a problem with over voting, where people would select more than one candidate in each category. Folks who were waiting all morning say, the fact that they ran out isn’t part of a conspiracy. “No, no, no, there are conspiracies out there, but this isn’t one of them,” Paul Howes laughed. “Well, that’s a good sign that people are coming out to vote. I like that,” smiled Wesley Wilson.
The Election Commission delivered more ballots to both Duggan and Greenleaf. The wait time at each center lasted about 10 minutes.
Greenleaf, like many places, says they expect to see a rush of voters right up until 8pm, when the polls close.
In Chicopee, at the Litwin School, the ballots were the wrong size for the voting machines. A new machine was brought in a short time later.
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