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Montgomery County polling place problems and low voter turnout for Maryland primary election

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BETHESDA, Md. (WJLA) - In Maryland there were eight days of early voting leading up to Tuesday, primary day - just one reason why Board of Election officials are not expecting a large voter turnout.

(WJLA)

Numbers show some 141,000 votes were cast already over the past week, which is about 4 percent of all eligible voters in the state.

In Montgomery County, by noon, there were plenty of problems, especially with the electronic poll books - the computers that check people in as they vote.

At the Bethesda Library, 15 to 20 percent of voters before noon were not able to check in electronically.

At Westland Middle School in Bethesda, voters were also having to check in manually using pen and paper - and even once checked in, it appeared some voters were having other issues with the actual voting booths.

The Chief Judge said after having a countywide conference call at 11 a.m., the broken machines will be replaced today.

At Westland, voting has been scarce - under 200 by noon, when they were projecting over 500.

One board member told ABC7 when you have nice weather and a midterm election, voter turnout is usually very low.

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