Small Problems Reported At Some Pittsburgh Polling Places (PA)
WTAE-TV 22 April 2008
PITTSBURGH Polls are open until 8 p.m. in Pennsylvania, where 158 delegates are at stake in the Democratic presidential primary between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
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Voter turnout on Tuesday started strong in Squirrel Hill, with lines forming early. About 10 hours later, traffic in and out of the polling places are still holding strong.
For the most part, the voting process in Pittsburgh has gone smoothly, but there was a problem with one polling place in Homewood. Video: Check It Out
That problem, inside the Bethesda Presbyterian Church, was serious enough to trigger a court order.
A constable working the polling place was allegedly not letting supporters of Obama inside to vote and ordering those there to leave. The court order for City Ward 13, District 8 tells election officials there to "refrain from discouraging or prohibiting, in any way, any elector from entering the polling place."
At the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland, things continue to be busy at the voting place for students inside Posvar Hall in the Forbes quadrangle. There are plenty of voting machines and no signs of the troubles the campus had in the fall presidential election four years ago.
"I've seen a lot of students around campus be very involved this year," said Pitt senior Christie Cornelius. "I actually helped campaign for the last presidential election, so I think it's really important for students and younger people to be involved."
At a polling place in Brookline, there was some trouble for voters. Officials said the machines weren't turning on properly there or at a voting place in North Braddock. In both places, voters were given paper ballots until the trouble was fixed.
There were also some technical difficulties in Wilkinsburg at Graham