As polls opened up on Tuesday morning, voting advocates were likely both excited and fearful for what the 2018 Midterm elections could bring. But from Customs and Border Protection agents being scheduled to conduct a crowd control exercise in Texas to reports of some polling places not having nearly enough voting machines, one near certainty was that some form of voter suppression would rear its ugly head as voting got underway for the long-awaited political contests.

GeorgiaFlorida and North Carolina seemed to be Ground Zero for voter suppression efforts, but every state was being exposed to these tactics that can many times dissuade a legal, registered voter from even attempting to cast a ballot. Pennsylvania also seemed to have an alarmingly high number of issues reported Tuesday morning.

One key to countering the voter suppression efforts that have been mostly attributed to agents of the Republican Party is voter turnout, like this example from the president himself.

Donald J. Trump


Law Enforcement has been strongly notified to watch closely for any ILLEGAL VOTING which may take place in Tuesday’s Election (or Early Voting). Anyone caught will be subject to the Maximum Criminal Penalties allowed by law. Thank you!

Most of the early reports from polling places across the country were centered on the long lines there. According to reports on social media, that was precisely the case in Indiana, South Carolina and Virginia.

Lindsay Marie@LindsayMarieLP

Polls in Indiana opened less than 1 hour ago and voters are already reporting long lines across the state

Dennis Faulkenberg@Dfaulkenberg
Replying to @AttyAbdul

Longest lines I’ve ever seen at Meridian Methodist on north Meridian Street. I was number 11 in line at 5:45 AM. By the time I was done voting there were probably over 100 people in line.

Paulina Leonovich@Polly_evro

Half an hour after polls opening, long lines of people to cast their ballots in

Yet and still, the resounding overall message on Tuesday was that no matter what, folks must make an effort to go vote. The election was carrying heavy implications for the House and Senate, both of which Democrats were hoping they could flip in a referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency.

Luckily, there has been no shortage of voting rights advocates this election season, with a number of resources being made available for voters encountering problems with trying to cast ballots. To seek help, one need not look any further than the social media feeds of Kristen Clarke, the President and Executive Director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She and her organization have gone through painstaking measures to make sure that voters know what their rights are.

Kristen Clarke ☎️866-OUR-VOTE


It’s 6am EST and Election Protection is up and running nationwide.

We are helping voters from coast to coast on our non-partisan 866-OUR-VOTE hotline ALL DAY. Call with ANY Qs or complaints.

The Lawyers’ Committee along with other civil rights group such as the NAACP have been leading the charge against voter suppression and gerrymandering, but they can only do so much against the powers that be that have seemed hellbent on stopping the Black vote in particular. The rest is up to voters.

NewsOne will be keeping a running list of reports of voter suppression and intimidation, and this list will be updated throughout the day as anticipated reports come in.

1. Brooklyn

Marie Farrell@littleredhead33

should not be this difficult! This is how the government is trying to stop from voting. Broken machines & disorganized line! @NYCMayor

2. Texas

Courtney Carpenter@CourtneyCW39

Just confirmed w/ Harris County Clerk’s Office that there’s a voting technician on site at the Lowery Elementary polling location. They didn’t know the exact problem, but wanted to let people in that area know that they are working to fix the issue. ??@CW39Houston

3. Brooklyn

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Barry Hott@binghott

Voters reporting that 3 of 4 scanners are not working at PS 22 in Crown Heights. Hearing grumbles about voter suppression.

4. Georgia

Shaun King


Some foolishnsss already happening in Georgia.

If anything like this happens to you immediately call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.


Khadija M. Farah@kmfarah

This is the line at my polling station AFTER everyone left because
1. The (one) electronic voting machine isn’t working and
2. There are not enough paper ballots.
It is and entire precincts including mine cannot vote.

6. Ohio

Sara Eiden@SaraMichelle404

Voting machines aren’t consistently working here in Lucas Co. ? please fill out your paper ballot. Let’s get those machine fixed, and voted counted!!!


Shane Pogue@ShaneAgainst

It’s almost 7a. The polling center I am at opened at 6a. Machines are down. Not a single vote has been counted. People are already walking away.

8. South Carolina


@JudiGatson Long line at Catawba Trail Elem in NE Cola with 6 machines and 2 not working. Many ppl waited over an hour and had to leave bc they had to go to work. It was moving VERY slow.

9. New York City

amanda knudsen@amandamemoire

Lines at the polls are INSANE this morning – snaking around the gymnasium for privacy booths and for ballot scanners. Two ballot scanning machines broken since 6am. Technician MIA. This is absurd. ?‍♀️ @NYCVotes @commoncauseny

10. Chicago


Help .@chicagoVoting. Voting machine is not working at 1 East Scott st. .@MicheleSmith32 #

11. New York

Maggie Moore@MaggieM012

The line at my polling place is crazy long so they are offering that we drop our ballots into a machine instead of the scan. Is that bad? I’ve only voted in person a handful of times @NewYorkStateAG

12. Detroit

Allison Sparkman@AlleyUnsalted

I am so infuriated that one of Detroit’s main east side polling locations had NO VOTING MACHINES when the polls opened today. This is clear discrimination & voter interference. Don’t mess with my city. @EdKrassen


Jodi Lefkowitz@JMLef

Only 90 minutes after polls opened and 3 scanners are already broken at my polling location. Bring back the lever machines!

14. Maryland

Dr Erin Ryan@erinleeryan

MD State Board of Elections reporting number: “There are….64… callers ahead of you”. I’m guessing non ADA compliant polling places are a significant problem this morning

15. New York City

Stephanie Officer@OfficerStephNY

A problem voting on in . When I asked what the deal was, I was told “Sh*t happens.” @BOENYC @NYCMayor @shaunking I need answers.

16. Pennsylvania


at my 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

17. North Carolina

Kevin Flinn@kflinn1

In Wendell, NC not all ballots are being counted by the machine. It’s humid and damp in the room and the machine can’t read them all. They’re going in an “emergency bin” with assurances they’ll be counted. @WRAL @HeadCountOrg

18. Pennsylvania

Regan Stephens


My polling place has a v long line and they just came out to say 1 of their 2 machines is broken.

19. Maryland

Mr. President@El_Enchufe__

Smh. They having problems in my area at the voting booths…. “How convenient is that”<—- Cardi B voice….

20. Pennsylvania

Christopher Schiller@ckschiller

FYI Harlem Road Community Center polling place District 8 machine was down.

21. Ohio

Candice Lee@CorpCommCandice

Voting machines down in Reynoldsburg @10TV @nbc4i @wsyx6 Parkview church

22. Pennsylvania

Jake Houck@imaginethat0110

@WNEP @DBohmanWNEP voting problems in Taylor Community Center please help. Turning peoole away!!

23. Arizona

FOX 10 Phoenix


JUST IN: Maricopa County election officials say 72 polling places are not ready for http://bit.ly/2RC5yQn 

Maricopa County election officials: 72 polling places not ready for Election Day

PHOENIX (KSAZ) — FOX 10 has learned that a number of polling places in Maricopa County are not ready for Election Day business, as of 5:45 p.m. Monday.


24. Texas

Kaz Weida@kazweida

This isn’t just voter suppression. It’s a blatant attempt at voter intimidation in El Paso.

Let’s figure out how get this community safely to the polls tomorrow. They deserve to be heard.

Matthew Keys


#BREAKING: Federal Border Patrol agents have announced a “crowd control” exercise near a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood in El Paso on Election Day http://bit.ly/2F7vGkS 

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25. California

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Melissa Colorado


Election Day Eve got off to a bumpy start this morning in . A power outage for 20 minutes forced some voters to have to go to Antioch because voting machines were down at City Hall. Good news: power is back up!

26. Virginia


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