Voters in Richmond, Chesterfield County face problems at the polls

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VIRGINIA (WRIC) — 8News received multiple reports of voters facing issues at the polls in both the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County Tuesday morning.

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RICHMOND

At the 1st Presbyterian Church polling location on Cary Street, an 8News viewer told us that the polling location was telling voters that they had run out of ballots.

Virginia Department of Elections Commissioner Chris Piper explained the early hiccups in an 11 a.m. update. He said Precinct 104 — First Presbyterian Church — is a single precinct with two districts. One of the districts has a smaller number of voters, so 150 ballots were ordered for that district, and 1,500 ballots were ordered for the larger district.

Somehow those numbers were switched, so the larger district quickly ran out of ballots, Piper said. They discovered the issue around 8 a.m. and 1,200 more ballots were delivered to the precinct by 8:14 a.m.

Piper said there will be no extension of polling place hours, therefore, anyone who left will only have until the normal 7 p.m. time to come back and vote.

Piper also said there was a problem with poll books in six precincts in Stafford County, resulting in some voters receiving the wrong ballots. He says the problem was quickly diagnosed and fixed, but that the wrong ballots that were cast cannot be reclaimed.

CHESTERFIELD

In Chesterfield County, there was no electronic poll book to check voters at the Shenandoah Community Center Tuesday morning.

8News was able to discover that the polling center had received incorrect electronic thumb drives needed to check-in voters.

The issue was reported when the precinct opened and had people waiting up to 45 minutes. It has since been resolved.

Voters should note that in these cases they can request to file a provisional ballot.

If you are having issues at a polling location, submit your tip to news@wric.com.

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