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Some Voting Problems Reported At Minneapolis Polls

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There were a few voting problems around the state as about three million voters hit the polls for Election Day.

But the city of Minneapolis seemed to have the most. As many as 10 of the 117 precincts in the city had technical problems with the ballot counters. Voters could still turn in their ballots, but they weren’t able to watch the ballot be scanned and counted.

One polling place also reported a problem with the computerized voting machine, which allows you to fill out a ballot electronically.

“That heavy turnout means a lot of use of those machines. Those machines will break down and there are procedures for how they’re repaired and swapping them out,” said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

Most of the issues with the machines were fixed by mid-day Tuesday. A bigger problem: Technical issues at three precincts will force elections officials to count ballots by hand. The affected precincts are in the Lowry Hill East and Whittier neighborhoods in south Minneapolis.

The hand count starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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