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WASHINGTON – Voters flock to the polls on Tuesday in what could be the highest turnout in decades for an interim election to decide on the control of Congress and the governments of 36 states.

President Donald Trump is not voting. However, since September 2008, it has claimed 20 states, arguing that "everything we have achieved is at stake," as he said in a rally on Monday in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

With 435 Congress members voting, Democrats hope the election results will allow them to abolish the House and Senate control of the Republicans. Former President Barack Obama fell to Miami saying "the character of our country is in the polls".

"There seems to be enthusiasm on both sides of the corridor," said Lara Brown, director of George Washington's Master of Science in Political Management. "The idea that two-thirds of Americans will actually prove they will vote in one way or another for or against the President is relatively excellent."

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About 40 million early voted probably, said Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida who is monitoring the data. In these last congressional elections in 2014, there were 27.5 million early votes.

Ohio State Secretary Jon Husted said that more than 884,000 Ochi had been absent from the election and nearly 430,000 had previously been absent. Total postage in total is 23 percent higher than the average of 2014 and the total is almost three times the 146,000 digits voted in 2014.

Brevard County, Florida, set a record-breaking day for mid-term elections with a stake of 63.06 percent at 5:10 pm The previous record was 62.7% in 2002.

"Early turnout appears to be strong enough," said Bradford Queen, a spokeswoman for Kentucky Foreign Office.

Higher attendance has raised issues such as long lines and dysfunction of voting machines in states such as Georgia, Arizona, Florida, New York, Michigan and Texas.

"The turnout is extremely high so they have not been prepared," said Laura Stoker, a professor of political science at the University of California at Berkeley, who is studying the elections and the elections.

Until 5 pm EST, a national telephone polling line, had already made more than 24,000 calls and 1,759 text messages about problems such as non-timely installed websites, non-functioning machines, and longlines.

"It is a reflection of the great interest in this electoral cycle and also unfortunately a reflection of the problems and barriers that most voters have faced this election period," said Kristen Clarke, chairman of the National Committee of Civil Rights Lawyers the law, which led to the cohabitation of more than 100 groups of citizens and voting rights.

For these elections, 41 states use equipment that is at least a decade old, according to a report by the Brennan Justice Center at New York University. In 33 of these states, election officials say they have to replace their machines by 2020, but in most cases they do not have the money to do so. The risk is that older machines are downgraded and more susceptible to malware.

Congress has approved $ 380 million this year for states to improve their electoral security. But in the long run, states will need to update voting technology and control, according to John Fortier, Project Manager for Democracy at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

"There are still some major long-term challenges that we will have to face in the coming years to further improve this security," Fortier said.

A number of federal agencies attended the election as they unfolded, including the Justice and Home Security departments, intelligence officers and the FBI. Until 9 pm EST, Homeland Security officials said there was nothing important to say and that there were no widespread cybercrime.

Here were some key points for the reported voting problems:

Agriculture

A common cause, a member of the Alliance for Electoral Defense, has reportedly received reports of "poll-voting machines across the state."

A Georgian electorate group filed a lawsuit before the US District Court in Atlanta to stop Secretary of State Brian Kemp from chairing the election due to concerns over his justice. Kemp, a Republican, ran against Democratic Stacey Abrams as governor.

In Gwinnett County, Georgia, voters in several polling stations reported problems with battery-powered voting machines that do not have power cables, according to 11Alive.com television news.

"The line started to build," said Nick Nick, 50, who arrived at Anderson-Linsey Primary School in Snellville just after the polls opened at 7am. "The polling manager informed us that the batteries died in the voting machines and someone was going to get the power cords."

Gwinnett County's communications manager confirmed that the machines were running at battery power and that the batteries were running out of power. He did not know how many machines might have been affected by the problem.

NAACP's Legal Defense Fund stated that the movement of an electoral center in Georgia's Grady County is damaging the ability of a significant number of black voters on this quay to vote.

At Pittman Park's entertainment center in southwestern Atlanta, voters said they would wait up to three hours to vote. Polls officials said in the US TODAY that they initially operated with three voting machines until the election officials brought five more machines shortly before noon.

"This is appropriate," said Gaylon Calhoun, 71, who waited two hours to vote. "They blunt the black vote and it's so simple."

Around noon, the volunteers gave pizza and bottled water to the voters on the line.

"This is the classic suppression of voters," said Rev. Jesse Jackson, leader of civil rights. "There is an historic struggle here to protect our right to vote."

Voting times were later performed at Pittman Park and on a nearby courtyard near Spelman and Morehouse College.

Indiana

Vulnerable turnout caused a computer-related disaster in Johnson County, Indiana. But county officials have decided that the problem was not bad enough to keep the polls open later.

The polls were stopped at somewhere around 11 am because voting machines had difficulty communicating with polls, according to Phil Barrow, president of the Johnson County Election Board. But voters could return by 6 pm, he said.

"The vote is so great that our service provider is overloaded," said Barrow. "They have problems across the state."

Amy Bohannon, 32, was on the line for 50 minutes at the Nest Event Center at Greenwood and things stopped around the meal.

"One of the volunteers came out to tell us that all the servers in Johnson County are virtually down," he said. "It takes three to four minutes to process one to vote."

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Michigan

Voters around Detroit found malicious machines and longlines in various polling stations this morning.

Rex Nagy, a retired voter at Redford Township, said his polling place at Pierce Middle School was based on a single broken poll that told him he had not been tested before Election Day. Everything was in a dead end, with about 100 people waiting for the machine to stabilize.

"It stinks, it really does," Nagy said. "So many people were upset."

At Greenfield Elementary in Southfield Township, Oakland, resident Sarah Donovan said her voting machine was out when she arrived to vote at 8:30 am. Many of the 20 to 30 others waited, but went home to call the municipality.

The machine's batteries ran after two hours, Southfield's Sharon Tischler official said. It was connected to a protective wave, but the protector was set to the "off" switch, which was set by a guardian.

Other machines in Wayne County "freeze" this morning and have since been restored, said spokesman for secretary Lisa Williams-Jackson's office. The voters in both Riverside Elementary at Dearborn Heights and Addams Primary School in Redford experienced the issue.

Votes voted during troubleshooting were placed in the helper bin to be counted after the votes were completed.

Mississippi

Foreign Secretary Delbert Hosemann was disappointed that police at Jackson, Mississippi, placed roadblocks near some election under a planned exercise.

Jackson's head of police, Davis, said the "administrative hurdles" have been created in a weekly initiative entitled "Running Safe Roads.

However, Hosemann criticized the use of checkpoints on Election Days. "We do not even allow uniform officers in the environment for the same reason," said Hosemann. "I mean, why stop people?"

Pennsylvania

William Curtis, a member of the National African Clergy Network in Pittsburgh, said his team had received many calls from voters who went to the usual polling station and told them they were not in the right place. He said some voters found their voices closed.

"Pennsylvania is playing big games," said Curtis, who also protested about extensions in some areas. "We have to do overtime to" identify the right polling places for voters.

A man allegedly threatens to "launch" an electoral site near Pittsburgh, Washington County, Pennsylvania, according to KDKA-TV.

According to the criminal complaint, Christopher Thomas Queen, 48, from Claysville, arrived at the South Franklin Volunteer Fire Department fire brigade to vote, but told him he had not enrolled. The queen then said she was angry, said she was going to get a gun and "shoot" the polling place and then she left quickly.

The queen, who was arrested, faces charges of terrorist threats and misbehavior.

Texas

Texans ministers who submitted ballot papers at the early poll reported problems with voting machines that are changing some of their options, a government official said he was connected to the Hart eSlate machines used in about 30 percent of counties in the state. They said it could happen when users complete and submit ballots very quickly. Voters will have to pre-screen their choices appearing on a screen before submitting their votes.

A state judge ordered Harris County to extend voting time to nine polling stations that failed to open in time.

A Harris District Judge was freed from her work and was charged with a criminal offense by a defector after a racial confrontation with a voter, according to Houston Chronicle.

The voter, Rolanda Anthony, said she was asked to complete a home verification form. Before he could answer, Deputy Judge Juanita Barnes moved around and began to cry that she had violated the law by not informing her of her identity. But Anthony said he had not moved.

Bars, who is white, then said to Antonis, who is black, "Maybe if I wore my black makeup today you could understand what I'm telling you," according to Chronic. Barnes later allegedly provoked Antony, the newspaper said.

Barnes was discharged from office and left the building at noon after the sheriffs' deputies and two lawyers arrived, and a Harris Attorney's Investigator. Barnes refused to answer questions as he left the building.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the woman received a C class referral offense.

The customs and border guard canceled a crowd control exercise in El Paso to prepare migrant caravans that were walking in Mexico to the border, saying it would be scheduled for another day. But the joint Texas affair tweeted that the abundance of official officers can discourage the vote.

Arizona

Election Day ended in a rocky start when voters in a city outside Phoenix showed that they only vote to find their electoral post that was blocked the day before.

Maricopa district editor Adrian Fontes said the owner of the building, which appears to be a commercial complex, locked him at night after the workers had already installed the polling station. There are internal votes, he said.

Civil-rights groups urged the Maricopa region to hold the voting parties open later than 7 pm scheduled closure.

"We will use every tool in our arsenal to ensure that those voters who will try to join and find sneak poll locations or broken machines will be able to participate before closing polls," Clarke said.

Florida

Residents in parts of Florida's Panhandle destroyed by Hurricane Michael just a few weeks ago had to head for a variety of "offshore polls" in churches, county election offices and, in Panama, a shopping mall.

"I am pleased to report that all polls were opened all over the country in time, and voters collect ballots in all venues," Foreign Minister Ken Detzner said in an up-to-date briefing.

Περισσότεροι από 5 εκατομμύρια Φλοριώτες έχουν ήδη ψηφίσει ταχυδρομικώς ή κατά την έγκαιρη ψηφοφορία, σύμφωνα με το γραφείο του Detzner. Αυτό ξεπερνά τα 3,2 εκατομμύρια που έκαναν νωρίς ή ταχυδρομικές ψηφοφορίες το 2014 – ένα πιθανό σημάδι ότι η προσέλευση θα μπορούσε να είναι μεγάλη σήμερα.

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