(WJBK) - The polls have been open in Michigan for a couple hours now, and FOX 2 has received dozens of calls and emails from voters saying the machine at their polling place isn't working correctly.
An overwhelming number of voters from several cities report the machine isn't able to accept the ballot, so they've had to leave their ballot in the hands of the volunteers. Many say the machines are malfunctioning or jamming. FOX 2 has taken calls and emails from voters in Detroit, Sterling Heights, Novi, Holly and Roseville - just to name a few.
Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey tells FOX 2, "Defective machines will be swapped out. All ballots will be put through and all votes will be tabulated."
Many voters are concerned, though, that their vote may not be counted since they won't be there to physically see it go through the machine.
FOX 2 has also spoken with some election volunteers who are frustrated because they're not sure who to contact for help getting a new machine.
FOX 2 is working to confirm these machine issues and how they will be resolved.
This is a developing story. Stay with FOX 2 for updates.
If you have other problems at the poll, such as suspected voter fraud or intimidation, you can report the activity to the Department of Justice at 1-800-253-3931 or the NAACP hotline at 313-664-2424.
FOX 2 has also received complaints that the NAACP hotline number is not working. We've contacted the NAACP, and they say their phones have also been ringing off the hook this morning, and they ask for your patience and to keep calling until you are able to speak with someone.
Other numbers you can call if you've experienced a problem are as follows:
- 866-OUR-VOTE (English language)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Spanish/English)
- 888-API-VOTE (Asian languages)
- 844-418-1682 (Arabic/English)