Schwarzenegger's first ballot is rejected

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's (R) first ballot didn't count in Tuesday's primary election, the Associated Press reports.

The scanning machine at his Los Angeles polling place rejected the ballot because he selected two Senate candidates instead of one, according to reports.

No word on which two candidates he voted for, but former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Rep. Tom Campbell, and state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore have been running a tough campaign.

Poll worker Keta Hodgson told the AP the governor was given the choice of filling out a new ballot or not having his Senate pick count. He cast a new ballot.

There's also a competitve GOP primary for Schwarznegger's job. Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and state insurance commissioner Steve Poizner have sunk up to $100 million total into the race. 

Polls close at 11 p.m. EST.

And Schwarzenegger isn't the first politician to have trouble voting.

When Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) tried to vote for herself in the May 18 Democratic primary it turns out she had already voted. She and her husband had requested absentee ballots in case she was called to Washington for Senate business. They cast provisional ballots to make sure their votes counted.

That won't be a problem for Lincoln in today's runoff. She will vote "in person" at her polling place in Little Rock with a traditional ballot, according to a spokeswoman for her campaign.

She faces Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (D). Polls close at 8:30 p.m. EST.

Cross-posted to the Briefing Room