2016 U.S. Election: Headaches, hassles reported

Published On November 8, 2016 | By HN Staff | News, Politics

By: Chris Besik

All across the United States people are on  alert for voting irregularities and Humber News reporters covering the election in Buffalo discovered problems at two polling stations leading to some frustration for voters.

Humber News spoke to a woman outside of a Erie county polling station,who expressed concern about issues with polling machines, forcing people to travel greater distances to vote.

Americans gather at the polling stations in Erie County New York. (courtesy, Laura Dart)

Americans gather at the polling stations in Erie County New York.
(Photo: Laura Dart)

“I’m frustrated right now,” she said.

“I conveniently came to vote at Westburry and Elwood Avenue, and [in] my districts the machine is down,’ she said.

“I have concerns with that.”

Our reporters also talked to Sean Day who is running for New York state assembly.

He was asked about some polls being down and offered his opinion on whether people should worry about the election is rigged. 

“It’s almost impossible to rig an American election because they are all done by individual states, so you have 50 different states, with 50 different sets of rules, and 50 different voting machines and methods of counting,” said Day.

“There is no one way where you can just hack into one system, and you can control it all.”

A voting booth at the Erie county polling station in New York. (Laura Dart/Humber News)

A voting booth at the Erie county polling station in New York.
(Laura Dart/Humber News)

The machine malfunctioned, he said, and he assured people that those two polling machines would be up and working by the early afternoon. He also mentioned the quality of the polling machines used. Whether its the old manual machines or newer polling machines he said there is always an issue with the technical process of counting the votes. 

“It’s really built to make it so its nearly impossible to have any widespread fraud, because its a chaotic democratic system.”

Voter fraud has been mentioned by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as an issue for this election.

Voter fraud consists of anything that gets in the way of a citizen casting their honest vote in any election. Whether it be fixing votes or intimidating the voters to side with you, any form of intervention into a free and honest vote is voter fraud.

NBC has been tracking reports of voting issues across the U.S. They began tracking on Oct. 27, and listed multiple issues with the election and voting at polling stations across the country.

Nov. 8 

CBC reported that a shooting has taken place near a polling station in California, the shooting is not associated with the election. Four people have been shot, two are dead one is the gunman. 

The attack “had nothing to do with the ballot or voting,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Corina told the Associated Press. “It just happened to be across the street from the park where the voting was taking place and also an elementary school.”

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