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Long Lines, Computer Glitches Reported During Indiana Primary


Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 6.49.51 PMPolls are closed in most of Indiana. 57 Republican delegates and 92 Democratic delegates are up for grabs. Both Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz are hoping to pull through with what many have dubbed as an unlikely win. But, remember, Indiana voters have been historically hard to poll because of a state law which largely bans “robo-calls.

Voter turnout is expected to be high, which Trump supporters say works to their advantage. According to the AP,  286,219 filled-out ballots were received by county officials by 8 a.m. which is about 98 percent of the more than 293,000 ballot applications requested statewide. Overall, election officials say the process has been smooth. However, there are have been a few problems including complaints about long lines, and issues with election software programs.

“Only the perennial types of election day problems, such as delays in opening a handful of precincts due to late-arriving poll workers or locked facilities without handy keys. Some isolated reports of voters questioning if their votes were registering correctly on machines, but no evidence of any systemic problems,” Brad King, co-director of Indiana Election Division told 

In one county,  there was a computer software glitch that was reportedly did impact voters.

According to 

An election official in a central Indiana county says software problems that created long waits at some polling places led some people to leave without ever voting in Tuesday’s primary.

Hancock County’s Clerk of the Courts, Marcia Moore, says the software vendor for the county, just east of Indianapolis, “really let us down” with computer glitches.

The Indiana Election Division told that the computer problem only affected one local office race.

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