Voting Problems

Scattered reports of voters being blocked and machine malfunctions

The vote counting is getting under way, but some civil rights groups are questioning how many votes won't be counted because of voting machine malfunctions and voters being rejected. The group Common Cause says at least 50-thousand complaints have been called in to their hotline. In Florida, there were some problems at polling places.

In Boynton Beach, a few dozen votes were lost when batteries on voting machines wore down. A clerk says voters seemed "very distressed." In Detroit, the NAACP filed a complaint with the Justice Department, alleging the GOP's poll watchers harassed some voters. And in Ohio, a judge granted a woman's request that voters who didn't receive absentee ballots on time be allowed to cast provisional ballots.