Voters in Key Battleground States Faced Long Lines, Equipment Failure & More
While only one candidate would emerge as the victor in the wee hours of November 9, Americans on both sides of the political divide could breathe a sigh of relief that the threatened disruptions to the vote from ISIS to vigilantes to political operatives rigging the system never materialized.
There were, however, long lines and equipment malfunctions that frustrated voters, many of whom were les concerned about the possibility of fraud, than the failure of election officials to simply ensure that the machines and the system worked one day every two years.
The relief that the fears of violence – domestic, as well as ISIS-inspired, was real, even as reports of problems hit social media and sent camera crews to polling places.
Donald Trump, who would seize the win two hours after midnight, had warned his supporters for weeks that the election was “rigged,” urging them to “watch” for irregularities at the polls, and in fact numerous instances of machines “flipping” votes from straight Republican to straight Democrat tickets were noted, although election officials said these were rare and easily corrected.
Clinton and the Democrats had stoked fears among her supporters that minority voters would be targeted for intimidation and deliberate interference with their right to cast their ballot.
Voters in Colorado, which figured to be a possible swing state until late in the day, experienced delays as the state system went down briefly, but election officials were able to provide provisional ballots until it was restored.
The Democrat party of Colorado filed an emergency motion in court to keep the polls open two hours later to compensate for the lost time, but the request was denied, as a Denver judge found that voters were always able to vote via the provisional ballot.
An shooting incident in Azusa, California led to a temporary closure of two polling places, but the Los Angeles Police Department determined it was not related to the election.
In the end, Americans went to the polls, stood in line, dealt with frustration and voted.
By the end of the day and the beginning of a new one, they had spoken.