November 06, 2018
Early voters in Philadelphia are reporting longer-than-usual lines to cast their midterm election votes at polls on Tuesday, and we're not sure if we should be happy or frustrated quite yet.
By 11 a.m. Tuesday, data was showing large turnout numbers in polling places in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, according to the Inquirer.
Lines obviously are a good sign during an election, but it could point to a larger democratic problem with our voting process — it might also mean a volunteer shortage, broken or not enough voting machines, or even misinformed volunteers.
We'll be monitoring social media all day to see if there are problems and what is causing them.
Had a problem voting today? File a complaint on the Pennsylvania voting website or report it to a team of ProPublica journalists by texting "VOTE" TO 81380 or tweet @Electionland.
In line to vote at Broad & Federal. The voting machines “aren’t broken” but “aren’t working.” No one in line can vote but if you live in the division, you can’t vote anywhere else. It’s 7:05 a.m. and we’re waiting on tech support (cc: @Committeeof70 @PhillyInquirer @KYWNewsradio)— Meg Kane (@margaretkane) November 6, 2018
Long lines here in the polling place in South Philly’s Ward 2. “I’d wait 25 hours if I had to,” I overheard someone say while waiting in line. I’ve never seen a line and I vote every election. #PhillyVotes #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/NI83VuL1V3— Russ the Cat Fan Account (@JoshKrugerPHL) November 6, 2018
#Happening at my #polling place at 12th / Carpenter = disgraceful. The poll workers are still trying to set up voting machines, on tech support “pushing buttons”, people are dropping out of line, no one has voted here. @PhiladelphiaGov #vote #MidtermElections2018— Leslie (@Chapterless) November 6, 2018
Every election I vote within 1/2 hr of the polls opening & usually my wait is... 1-2 people. This line is 15 min after opening (& there is a long hallway after you get in) #ElectionDay #PhillyVotes pic.twitter.com/dYZBmCkvRt— Sam C. (@SMibiC) November 6, 2018
I Voted Today.— Danielle (@FrizzyFroPod) November 6, 2018
The line was long, the elders were chatting non-stop, and it felt like we were standing in a fire, but I made it through and chose the Spanish language sticker to prove it.#Philly #IVoted #PA #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/PmouuurBCF
Send us a photo of the line at your neighborhood poll or report a problem to PhillyVoice here. We will update this story as reports come in.