It looks like the e-voting machines used in battleground states such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia and Florida have run into some snags. (Oh, Florida.) Both voters and watchdog groups have reported temperamental direct-recording electronic machines (or DREs) that would crash and need to be restarted. Doesn't sound too bad, right? Oh, it can be a nightmare for those in line, depending on how many machines go down and for how long.
Some states offer backup "emergency" paper ballots that officials can distribute when faced with faulty machines. But there's only so many, and a polling location in New Jersey ran out by 9:30 AM. Officials began making photocopies, but some people were so fed up with the wait they straight up left and didn't vote.