Another vote, another problem in East Providence


EAST PROVIDENCE — It's Election Day, not Groundhog Day, but in East Providence, at least, there are once again reports of problems.

On Primary Day back in September, errors by polling workers at multiple sites allowed registered Republicans to vote in the Democratic races.

Today, a voting machine appears to have malfunctioned for a time at the Hennessey School in the Ward 2 section of the city, causing an extra-long wait to what has been a significant line of those wanting to cast their ballots.

A possible problem was identified at the Kent Heights and Harbor View polling places in city where people attempted to insert both the white (candidates/state propositions) and yellow (East Providence Charter amendments) ballots into the machines at once.

Participation in East Providence seems ample if the length of lines at some of the polling places are an indication. Reports from sites in all four of the city's wards cite lengthy waits. So much so, in fact, that some voters are walking away. Reports of people leaving lines due to time have come from Hennessey, Kent Heights in Ward 3 and Rumford Towers in Ward 1. The line at Riverside Library in Ward 4 is also crowded and the wait time consuming.



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