Voters across the country — from Texas to North Carolina to Florida — head to the polls today. For the first time in decades, citizens in nearly half the country will find it harder to vote. In 14 states, 2014 is the first major election with new voting restrictions in place.
Have you experienced problems at the polls? Let us know by mentioning @BrennanCenter in your tweet. We will update this post throughout the day as more information comes in, both in New York and nationwide.
Voters should not be discouraged from exercising their right to vote! Anyone with questions about the voting process should call 1–866-OUR-VOTE, where trained volunteers are standing by to assist voters and answer any questions they may have. The hotline is run by Election Protection.
Updated (5:30 p.m.):
.@866OURVOTE: tens of thousands of Georgia voters have still been unable to determine whether or not they can cast a regular ballot today— Alice Ollstein (@AliceOllstein) November 4, 2014
This video does a great job showing why a lot of people don’t have voter IDs: http://t.co/liUpF3lkyk— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) November 4, 2014
On site registration so strong in Milwaukee, election commission had to hire more people..wow— Ed Schultz (@WeGotEd) November 4, 2014
Texas resident says getting ID needed to vote "turned into a full-time job.” http://t.co/G4zP1NHuqo— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) November 4, 2014
“I am disillusioned & angry, but mostly fearful” – heartrenching account by North Carolinian stripped of her vote http://t.co/pcvetw0e6i— Ed Pilkington (@Edpilkington) November 4, 2014
Updated (3:05 p.m.):
Reports of voters being asked for photo ID in states where voter ID not required, like WI, MO, AR. Much higher volume than prior years— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) November 4, 2014
The top trending search on Google right now—"where do i vote"—has been searched for more than 1,000,000 times Tuesday. #Election2014— ABC News (@ABC) November 4, 2014
Being white on Election Day means you probably didn’t stand in a crazy line to vote http://t.co/GmuzYg8RNX— Vox (@voxdotcom) November 4, 2014
In Missouri, poll workers asking for 2 forms of ID if voter doesn’t have photo ID. THIS IS NOT REQUIRED IN MISSOURI http://t.co/3R87Tug5qa— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) November 4, 2014
Poll monitors in Houston report that 7+ voting places opened late today, making it difficult for those trying to vote before work— Alice Ollstein (@AliceOllstein) November 4, 2014
Updated (12:45 p.m.):
Troubling: NC voters, many elderly & disabled, showed up at their polling place today to find it closed http://t.co/eJUcAYcijy— Annie-Rose Strasser (@ARStrasser) November 4, 2014
Voting this morning took me about ten minutes, which is exactly how it should be everywhere.— Adam Serwer (@AdamSerwer) November 4, 2014
My dad being absent from the rolls at his polling place may have actually been an honest mistake. But it may cost him his chance to vote.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) November 4, 2014
Updated (11:45 a.m.):
Malloy campaign filing a complaint in state court asking for extended voting hours to accommodate Hartford voters who had trouble at polls— Alison Cowan (@cowannyt) November 4, 2014
Polling place on the South side of Chicago in Ward 6 didn’t have ballot measures out for voters this morning @866OURVOTE.— Charlene Carruthers (@CharleneCac) November 4, 2014
Malloy Among Voters Delayed At Hartford Poll Sites http://t.co/LjqBmy3tTd— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) November 4, 2014