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Broken voting machines reported in several states

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Voting machines are malfunctioning in some parts of Ohio, New York, Texas and other states, according to local media reports.

About six hours after polls opened on Tuesday, voters have reported malfunctioning machines in multiple locations, a common occurrence on Election Day that can lead to longer wait times.

{mosads}Most reports have come from New York, Illinois, North Carolina, Kentucky, Texas and Ohio, according to Electionland, a nonprofit project in partnership with ProPublica.

Experts say that broken machines should not affect an area’s ability to record or count votes. In most cases when machines are broken, voters use a paper ballot that will be manually tallied.

Electionland reported that every location citing problems Tuesday was still able to collect votes.

Machines had also shut down in at least two Connecticut towns, according to NBC Connecticut. Chris Calvert, who tried to vote in Philadelphia, also tweeted that both voting machines were broken at his location, according to USA Today.

“No one can vote in our district today. Hundreds of angry voters,” he wrote on Twitter.

Polling experts say some machines across the country are out of date and that most are only expected to have a lifespan of about 10 years.

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