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Minor Issues Reported In Phila. Polling Places   (PA)

CBS 3   22 April 2008

PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) Few problems were reported throughout the city during the Pennsylvania Primary Tuesday.

Voters reported problems with a polling place near 12th and Grange Streets in the Olney section of Philadelphia in the early morning hours.

Both machines were reportedly down as a long line of voters waited to cast their ballot. Some voters said they were told the power went down and a technician was needed to get the machines to function.

"I come here to vote, that's what I expect to do and I am going to do it before the day is over," said voter Homer Coney.

Many voters reportedly left the location in order to get to work on time, but not Dolores Nicholson.

"I made sure the machine was working. I was going to stay here until I got my vote in," said Dolores Nicholson.

The Committee of Seventy said there have been various breakdowns throughout the city, but added there is one mechanic for each of the 66 wards. If both machines in a polling location break down, officials said voters will get provisional ballots.

Polling locations are open until 8 p.m. If you have any problems, contact the Voting Section of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division at 1-800-253-3931 or the Committee of 70 at 215-557-3600.



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