Voters around the country faced long lines, occasional broken machines and some hot tempers Tuesday, but as the polls closed from one coast to the other, there were no signs of the large-scale fraud, intimidation or hacking some had feared. The scattered problems mostly involved the sort of glitches that arise in every election, including discrepancies in the voter rolls, with no indications of any snags big enough to meaningfully alter the vote count. “The biggest surprise is how uneventful things have been with this large a turnout,” said Illinois State Board of Elections spokesman Jim Tenuto. “Everyone was expecting more problems than this — and nothing.”
In Texas, activists reported malfunctioning voting systems at more than five polling stations in Denton County, and computer problems at a polling place in a suburban Houston high school forced officials to briefly divert voters to another site more than two miles away.
In key battleground North Carolina, computer trouble in the Democratic stronghold of Durham County forced officials to rely on a paper check-in process, triggering long lines. Several precincts extended their closing times up to an hour.
Similar glitches were reported elsewhere around with the country, along with complaints from some voters that their names were missing from the rolls.