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CNN Supervising Producer
This election, CNN is running a voter hotline. We are already getting calls from around the country about problems and concerns that voters are having as they try to register, vote absentee, early vote or get information.
The hotline has generated over 10,000 calls so far and we've reported on some of those problems both on CNN and on the CNN Political Ticker
Of the top issues, a third of all of the problems called are about registration issues. After that, the next highest category is integrity issues which pertains to concerns people have about making sure their votes count. Absentee ballot issues make up 15% of the calls, problems with voting machines 9.5% and accessing poll locations have generated 9% of the calls.
We are hearing problems from around the country.
One of the more interesting confusions has arisen in Knoxville, TN where we got a number of calls from Barack Obama voters who were confused when they went to vote.
Apparently the summary screen that allows you to doublecheck your choices before you cast your ballot only lists the first three letters of the presidential candidate you voted for. If you voted for John McCain you would see 'Elector for Joh'. If you voted for Barack Obama, it would say "Elector for Bar".
The problem is that some voters were not sure if BAR stood for Barack Obama or the Libertarian candidate Bob Barr. Knox County election officials tell us that they regret the confusion but assure voters that 'Bar' means that you voted for Barack Obama. The problem is the font size and screen size crowding out the rest of the name.
So, if you have an issue voting or see a problem, give the CNN Voter Hotline a call at 1-877-GOCNN08 (1-877-462-6608.)
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