Some Dublin voters faced long lines after power outage

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There were long lines Tuesday morning at a polling location in Dublin because of a power outage.

Hundreds lined up to cast their vote and had to wait, some had to use paper ballots instead of the digital voting machines.

At Northwest Chapel in Dublin, the power was out for at least two hours. The polling manager said it was an inconvenience for voters trying to cast their votes before heading to work.

“We were not able to have people vote on the voting machines so we had them vote on the paper ballots. There were about 300 people in line. It did cause some delays,” said David Reed.

Joyce Brooks said: “We were affected because we lost power at our house but that’s why we came a little bit later just to make sure that the lines wouldn’t be too long.”

Voters who came to the chapel to vote after 8:30 a.m. found the location running smoothly after the power was back on.

“I was anticipating a line but there really wasn’t. There was like one to two people in front of me and that went by in an instant and we went over to the electronic voting and that was very easy. It was very clear,” said a voter named Jake, who did not give his last name.

Christopher, a voter who did not give his last name, said he made sure his voice counted on Tuesday.

“It was pretty easy. I knew the power was out this morning so I had to come right from school so I went with my buddy over there. It’s his first time voting and I convinced him to register,” Christopher said.

Curtis, who did not give his last name, came to vote for the first time ever.

“It was my first time voting. It was not hard at all. It was pretty easy to understand. It’s important to vote to get your voice out,” Curtis said.

Doug Brooks and his wife added: “Voting went great. We wanted to do our civic duty and vote. It’s your obligation and it’s a right to vote and that’s why we’re here today.”

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