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Local Polling Place Problems



    More than three hours after the polls closed in North Texas, the line at one Denton County polling location still stretched outside. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012)

    Some voters reported problems at North Texas polling locations from Dallas to Fort Worth on Election Day.

    Dallas County said reports poured in all day from people who said their voter registration cards did not match the state's information at the polls.

    Patricia Stevens, of Coppell, said the voter ID number on her voter registration card was registered to a woman in Sunnyvale.

    "My name was not anywhere on the books even though I had my card," she said.

    Some Report Problems at Voting Locations

    [DFW] Some Report Problems at Voting Locations
    At least two North Texas polling locations opened late, and some Dallas County residents discovered the information on their voter registration cards did not match up with the state's information.
    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012)

    Poll workers gave Stevens a provisional ballot.

    "After about an hour and a half, they told me I could do a provisional ballot, that they would review it after a week and let me know if they accepted it, so that's my situation," she said. "I was very disappointed."

    "It will count once we get the confirmation from the DPS office, but they clearly have to tell us on that provision that they did register with DPS," Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippens-Poole said. "We can't just assume that this is how they registered."

    Polling Problems Reports Across DFW

    [DFW] Polling Problems Reports Across DFW
    Problems have been plaguing North Texas polling places this election day from Dallas to Fort Worth.
    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012)

    More than three hours after the polls closed in North Texas, the line at one polling location in Denton County still stretched out the door.

    Voter Banette Sutton said she didn't realize the line at Long Middle School would be so long, saying she didn't expect to still be waiting in line at nearly 8:30 p.m.

    Poll workers told voters that anyone who in line at 7 p.m. when the polls closed would be allowed to vote.

    At the Rosemeade Rec Center in Carrollton, workers played catch up after the polls opened 45 minutes late because of computer problems.

    "I've been in line two hours," voter Mike Goff said. "When you have five booths and one person voting, it's totally inefficient.

    An election judge at the recreation center told NBC 5 that the line backed up after the electronic check-in system had a meltdown the first thing in the morning.

    "It's all about being prepared," Goff said. "Prepare for the worst; hope for the best.

    Some people who tired of waiting left before casting their ballot.

    In Dallas, new judges were struggling to learn the job, Pippins-Poole said.

    Recent redistricting also caused problems. Philando Cooks, who was first in line at about 6:30 a.m. at Our Redeemer Church and School, wasn't inside long after he was told he was at the wrong polling location.

    Cooks then went to the location poll workers told him was his spot -- only to be rerouted back to Our Redeemer.

    "I'm not satisfied, but I've got to do my duty, so go stand back in line," he said.

    Cooks wasn't alone.

    "I've been in Dallas 29 years and always gone to the same place until the last presidential election, which didn't make sense," Debbie Griffey said. "Now they're telling me to go back over there."

    The elections department sent out workers to Our Redeemer to help guide frustrated voters.

    "It didn't take long -- just a couple minutes to vote," Cade Hamner said. "There's a little bit of confusion sometimes, because this is an early voting location, so you get people in line this isn't their home precinct. That slowed things down a bit."

    Griffey said the confusion would not deter her from making her voice heard.

    "That's OK," she said. "My vote is still going to count. I'll get it in today."

    In Tarrant County, voter Robin Garrison reported that the polling place at Trinity Terrace at 1600 Texas Street was not open at 7 a.m. and had a huge line.

    The Tarrant County Elections Administration told NBC 5 that some inexperienced poll workers were opening the site. The elections staff sent another crew to assist, and the location was open by 7:50 a.m.

    NBC 5's Randy McIlwain and Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.