National: ‘Let Me Vote!’ Voters Experiencing Problems During Primaries: Long Lines, Faulty Machines, Ballot Shortages Among Problems | Latin Post

March 8, 2016

Earlier this week, millions of Americans in 12 states across the country participated in the Super Tuesday election, which helped Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton move one step closer to winning their parties’ nominations. However, many voters were subjected to long lines, confusing information and defective voting machines before they were able to cast their votes. Others were prohibited from voting altogether due to technicalities and strict ID laws. Although Americans are encouraged to take advantage of their right to vote, doing so can be very difficult. Officials at Election Protection — a nonpartisan coalition of groups that run an Election Day hotline to help voters who encounter problems — were flooded with over 1,500 calls from voters experiencing problems at different polling sites. The majority of the calls came from Texas and Georgia, but a large number also came in from Alabama, Virginia and Colorado as well. “We received calls from voters needing assistance on a range of issues resulting from poll worker misinformation, voter ID problems, overcrowded polls, long lines and ballot shortages,” said Chris Melody Fields Figueredo, who co-leads Election Protection and acts as manager of Legal Mobilization and Strategic Campaigns at Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, to Latin Post in an email. Read more: