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Voting activists have successfully claimed Georgia and Texas, asking them to prolong voting times in some provinces, as problems with voting machines have led to delays and long-term successes thanks to a large turnout in the US elections on Tuesday.

A lawsuit of the Committee of Human Rights Lawyers in Arizona has failed, the group said. However, he gained an extension in Fulton County, Georgia, a county in about twelve US states that have suffered delays, to a large extent in areas that still use age voting machines that are shocked by voter volume, according to officials and rights groups.

Other Georgian constituencies have extended hours without dealing with lawsuits.

Two Texas civil rights groups won a trial to secure more voting time in Harris County, Texas after the start of the Houston election due to equipment delays and other issues.

In Ohio, a court ordered the state to provide ballot papers to voters held in pre-trial detention in county prisons following a lawsuit filed on the same day by two public interest groups.

The US Department of Homeland Security described the problems as "thin" and an official told reporters that they did not appear to be a major obstacle to the poll in the polls, which would determine whether the Republicans retain control of both the US House of Representatives Senate.

Some Georgian voters saw lines of hundreds of people waiting to vote for ballot papers to choose their next governor after a bitter and racially charged contest in the southern state. Two constituencies in Georgia near historic black colleges Spelman and Morehouse agreed to stay open until 10 pm ET (0300 GMT) after a legal challenge, said the NAACP Civil Rights Group.

Fulton County officials did not respond immediately to the calls for comments.

In Maricopa County, the largest Arizona area in the Phoenix area, several polling stations have been deficient due to printer malfunctions, County Recorder Adrian Fontes said.

The committee of lawyers lost their suit to extend voting time in fifty constituencies in the county, committee chief Kristen Clarke told reporters at a teleconference.

"We know about a fact that there are people in Maricopa province who could not hear their voice tonight," Clarke said.

A prolonged line remains after 7 pm cut for the mid-term elections at the Liberty baptist church in Atlanta, Georgia on November 6, 2018. REUTERS / Lawrence Bryant

Two senior lawyers advising the Democratic Party have told Reuters that they have been unaware of any serious piracy or electronic disturbances related to Tuesday's elections anywhere in the United States. But one of the experts said the lines in Georgian constituencies were long and inconvenient.

Officials in Philadelphia and North Carolina reported broken breaks in the voting machine and faced problems by offering temporary votes to some voters. Defensive teams of voters allegedly delayed by equipment in Florida and Texas.


Delays have been more common in countries with age voting machines, said Lawrence Norden, Deputy Director of Democracy at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.

"I do not think it's a coincidence that these states are at the top," said Norden. "I would also like to imagine that it is worse just because this seems to be a much higher turnout, and I think that when you win much higher elections, the same problem will be much worse."

He also noted that there appear to be fewer complaints about defective voting equipment compared to the last US Congress elections in 2014 in states that have updated their machines such as Virginia. Norden stressed that his remark was based on anecdotal reports.

Broken polls were reported in at least 12 states on Tuesday, according to an election-protection coalition with more than 100 groups that set up a national telephone line to report irregularities.

Civil rights groups have already been in clashes with several states over the voting restrictions voted on Tuesday's election.

North Dakota introduced a voter identifier requirement that Don Kansas and Georgia moved polling stations and changes to Tennesian enrollment laws led to the removal of individuals from the voting lists.

Support groups reported that the changes stack the deck against minority voters who are likely to support Democratic candidates.

Each of the top electoral officials of the Member States said that the changes were made to protect against voter fraud and to address budgetary constraints, not to suppress the vote.

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Independent studies have found that voter fraud is extremely rare in the United States.

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Report by Julia Harte in Washington and Maria Kasani in Atlanta, Additional reports by Mark Hosenball, Joel Schectman and Christopher Bing in Washington, and Daniel Trotta in Phoenix, Arizona. Editing by Jim Finkle, Scott Malone, Jonathan Oatis and Sonya Hepinstall

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