Officials with Election Protection, a national voter helpline, said they had received about 63 reports of possible intimidation from callers in Pennsylvania as of 11 a.m. Police in Philadelphia said they had received no reports of any problems at the polls. Trump sued the registrar of voters in Clark County, Nevada, with a claim that a polling place in Las Vegas had improperly been allowed to remain open last week to accommodate people who were lined up to vote.
CT voters also have registered complaints about voter ID - the law there is that you can be asked to produce identification, but it's not required for you to cast your vote.
Kristen Clark, the executive director of the lawyers committee for civil rights under law, said 75,000 people have called the Election Protection hotline in the United States... many of them from Florida. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported one poll in Springdale, Pennsylvania, opened 2½ hours late after an elections judge never showed up for work Tuesday morning. There had been no malfunctions or other issues at the polls this morning, Armstrong said.
Election monitors have bolstered their efforts to watch out for voter access issues this year as the Justice Department has had to scale back its own monitoring program on account of the 2013 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which struck down a key portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In addition, 14 states will be operating under new voting restrictions this election, including voter ID requirements, while the Justice Department's capacity to monitor the implementation of those laws is weakened.
There have been reports of broken voting machines, which in some polling places have seen authorities switch to paper voting. Ballots will continue to be transported from around the county to Riverside for counting.
"Most certainly what we have observed is an uptick of complaints of voter intimidation and voter harassment", said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which is a lead organizer of the voter helpline.
In Jacksonville, Florida, one man refused to leave a polling place when he was asked, she said. Volunteers brought ballots to eligible patients and then dropped them off at a polling station.
In Broward County, Florida, two election clerks at a polling site were fired after they clashed over how to resolve complaints of voter intimidation, local media reported.
But a sophisticated campaign uses the early voting period before an election to target the people who are least likely to vote, knowing that they can afford to wait until closer to Election Day to connect with more likely voters. It was not clear whether that was because authorities had not dispatched deputies or because deputies were not staffing the polls in uniform.