Problems at the polls: Illegal curbside voting to broken machines

CBS42 viewer Jennifer says the line at McElwain Baptist in Birmingham was long and wrapped around a corner shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. The time to the voting booth was around 45-60 minutes, she tells us.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Long lines have been a major issue across Alabama today. In some places, it has taken voters hours to cast a ballot.

We’ve been investigation problems across the state today, including illegal curbside voting in Hale County and broken voting machines in Mount Olive.

I spoke with Mount Olive poll worker Pat Belcher. She said they had two machines this morning and the lines were still very long. One of the machines stopped working and made things very chaotic. She said they’ve never had the lines backup like they’ve had them do today.

“This morning we had people all the way around the building to vote at 7, 7:30. Alright, this is twice as bad. This is people that are ready to vote, to get their ballots and then we’ve got more people that have their ballots ready to put in the machine,” Belcher explained.

She said at the end of the day, they’ll have to figure out how to go back and be sure all the ballots were counted and none were missed because of the broken machine which has since been replaced.

We also confirmed an incident of curbside voting that was being allowed in Hale County, Workers were taking ballots to voters in their cars. The secretary of state’s office said they reached out to the probate judge and had that issue resolved by 8:30 this morning.

The secretary of state’s office said they have seen some problems across the state today, but for the most part, things have been going very well.

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