Election Day weather: Severe storms knock out power to some polling stations; others plagued by humidity

Election Day weather: Severe storms knock out power to some polling stations; others plagued by humidity

  06 Nov 2018

Many voters around the country had to carry umbrellas and wear rain boots to the polls Tuesday as severe storms hit the Interstate 95 corridor along the East Coast on Election Day.

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PHOTO: Volunteers with the Democratic party speak to voters outside of a polling station during the mid-term elections at the Fairfax County bus garage in Lorton, Va., Nov. 6, 2018. for the day-long ballot.Andrew Caballero/AFP/Getty Images
Volunteers with the Democratic party speak to voters outside of a polling station during the mid-term elections at the Fairfax County bus garage in Lorton, Va., Nov. 6, 2018. for the day-long ballot.

In North Carolina, ballots in some precincts couldn’t be fed through tabulators, apparently due to high humidity, said the North Carolina Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement

In those cases, ballots were stored in secure “emergency bins” and would be tabulated as soon as possible, the board said.

“All ballots will be counted,” the board said in a statement. “The State Board office has advised county election officials to work with their precinct officials to ensure voting areas are kept as cool and dry as possible.”

“Wake County they have already replaced some of the tabulators and the new tabulators are working,” said North Carolina State Board of Elections spokesman Patrick Gannon.

The board is looking at extending the voting hours in certain locations, he added.

PHOTO: A voter walks in the rain from her polling place after voting in Langhorne, Pa., Nov. 6, 2018.Matt Rourke/AP
A voter walks in the rain from her polling place after voting in Langhorne, Pa., Nov. 6, 2018.

Wet weather also slowed lines at some New York City polling places.

The city’s elections board said voters’ wet hands and clothing appear to be leaving some ballots damp, causing them to jam in the machines.

The showers are expected to leave the East Coast by Tuesday night as election results roll in.

PHOTO: A family walks past volunteers with the Democratic party as they walk to a polling station during the mid-term elections at the Fairfax County bus garage in Lorton, Va., Nov. 6, 2018.Andrew Caballero/AFP/Getty Images
A family walks past volunteers with the Democratic party as they walk to a polling station during the mid-term elections at the Fairfax County bus garage in Lorton, Va., Nov. 6, 2018.

Severe storms first struck overnight in Tennessee, where one person died from a tornado in Christiana.

The twister’s winds reached up to 135 mph.

The weather also left some polling stations in Tennessee without power, the state’s elections coordinator, Mark Goins, told ABC News. Most polling places have generators and batteries to continue running their election operations, but at least one polling station without power in Knox County was forced to use emergency paper ballots, Goins said.

He said he does not expect the loss of power to cause a significant delay of election results.

Over 1 million Tennesseans had voted early before this round of storms hit the state.

In other parts of the country, rain was forecast to change to snow in the Upper Midwest and around the Great Lakes, with some snow accumulation possible from North Dakota to the Twin Cities.

Snow is also expected in the northern Rockies, with half a foot possible.

Election Day forecasts vary nationwide, but many Americans may need an umbrella today.ABC News
Election Day forecasts vary nationwide, but many Americans may need an umbrella today.

ABC News’ Stephanie Wash, Aaron Katersky and Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.



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