The NJ governor race is a mess on Election Day, with Republican candidate Jack Ciatterelli making a late push to keep incumbent Phil Murphy from becoming the first Dem governor to win reelection in the past four decades.
There were reports of major disruptions to the electronic voting system noted. The development was reported by 101.5 pm in New Jersey.
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“A new system being used at polling places around the state that cost $68 million is to blame for voting problems in the first hours of Election Day, according to one county election commissioner,” the report wrote.
“Voters were reporting long lines and saying that they left before being able to vote, although provisional paper ballots are always an option,” it continued. “Voters this year for the first time are signing an electronic tablet device instead of a paper book. The device relies on an internet connection using a network program called Nighthawk.”
The state’s Division of Elections confessed the problems with the electronic poll books “at a small number of polling locations.”
“Most of the state’s approximately 3400 polling locations have been operating since 6 a.m. without reported incident,” a spokeswoman for the division said in response to 101.5 FM. “The affected sites have been or are being addressed. If any voters were unable to vote due to these issues, we encourage them to return to their polling location and cast a ballot.”
Board of Elections Commissioner for Monmouth County Eileen Kean stated that there were “definitely hiccups taking place today.”
“Yes, we are having internet slowdowns and problems, and we are working our way through it,” Kean said. “The problem is around the state. It’s not just a Monmouth County problem. It’s tied to the electronic poll books.”
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