Today is Election Day and for the most part, voting has been smooth.
Many areas are already seeing long lines with some officials saying they wouldn’t be surprised if voter turnout topped 80 percent.
However, there have been some scattered issues where voters are encountering problems.
Election judges in Clinton Township, Butler County confirmed there were issues with two of their eight automated voting machines. Most of the issues came when people tried to vote straight party ticket.
However, other said they specifically wanted to vote for Republican Donald Trump only to see their vote switched before their eyes to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“I went back, pressed Trump again. Three times I did this, so then I called one of the women that were working the polls over. And she said you must be doing it wrong. She did it three times and it defaulted to Hillary every time,” Bobbie Lee Hawranko said.
“If somebody has an issue, they should certainly let the judge of elections at the precinct know and also call their county bureau of elections as folks have done here this morning,” Pa. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe said.
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Officials have recalibrated the machines and are confident that the problem has been resolved.
Allegheny County has also been dealing with some Election Day issues.
A judge of elections did not show up when the polls opened this morning in Springdale Borough.
When Margaret Vernon, more than three hours after the polls opened, sheriff’s deputies escorted her into the facility. She will be charged by summons with failure to perform duties.
Vernon told deputies she was ill.