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article imageVoting controversies and problems high in Pennsylvania

By Can Tran     Nov 6, 2012 in Politics
Philadelphia - The Pennsylvania polls have already closed. During the voting, the state of Pennsylvania had to deal with all sorts of problems such as machine malfunctions and voter intimidation.
On Election Day, the voting polls are usually packed and busy. This is very much the case in the more urbanized areas. However, Election Day is not without its fair share of controversies. In respects to Pennsylvania, voting controversies are high. With recent articles being posting across the media, Pennsylvania can be at the top of the list of various voting problems. As of a little over a half hour ago, the polls in Pennsylvania have officially closed. The votes are being tallied at the moment. During the voting, there were many problems in which one can blame both the Republicans and the Democrats for this one.
Like the 2008 United States Election, the 2012 United States Elections are rather intense. In the case of Pennsylvania, various events have taken place which feeds into the voting controversies.
The first event is the possible malfunctions of the electronic voting machines. Various media outlets such as the Seattle Times have picked up on it. This all stems from a video taken by a voter at the poll and uploaded onto YouTube. In the video, the voter is using one of the machines and is trying to vote for the Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and vice-president Joe Biden. However, the vote didn't go through; instead, it automatically went to GOP nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan.
Digital Journal's own David Silverberg quickly picked up on the story. You can read Silverberg's report on the e-voting machines right here.
An article on Examiner.com earlier reported on poll monitors from the Philadelphia GOP being denied admission and kicked out from polling locations by Heads Judges of Elections who are Democrats. These pollsters from the GOP have been appointed by the court. However, a Pennsylvania judge responded and issued the order that the pollsters be let back into the polling areas. According to one official, it's rare for a large number of polling inspectors to be kicked out of a place let alone in Philadelphia.
A blog piece on the Washington Post reports the possibility of a ballot shortage.
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The Nation reports on Pennsylvania's Spanish-speaking voters. According to the piece, Spanish-speaking voters at the North Philadelphia polls did not have any interpreters available.
In the state of Pennsylvania, a judge had issued a ruling that kept people at the polls from asking voters for any form of legal ID. However, workers can still ask for ID but not force voters to show it.
Again, in 2012, the Black Panthers seem to be at it again. In 2008, one of the Black Panthers was outside one of the polling areas armed with a blunt weapon. The group was charged; but, the charges were then dropped by the Department of Justice. However, the Black Panthers were back to their tactics as the Washington Times reports; but, former Navy SEALs were on the seen to act as a counter balance.
At Ben Franklin Elementary, used as one of the voting areas, the members of the GOP noticed a mural of Barack Obama painted on the wall. Since it seemingly violated state election law, a Pennsylvania judge had ordered the mural to be covered up. Keep in mind that this mural has been on the wall for a a few years.
With everything, Pennsylvania's got its plate full of voting problems.
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