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Voters Report Problems At Polling Places

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Some problems have been reported at polling precincts since polls opened on Tuesday morning.

At First Baptist Church in Hermitage, voters said they were given paper ballots. Officials said there was some sort of technical issue with the voting machines, prompting a few people to vote with a paper ballot.

The issue was quickly resolved.

"The machine wasn't working when I got here, but they got a technician out here to fix it right up," said voter Sean Drudge.

At Tusculum Church of Christ, the power went out briefly around noon. The machines were running off backup batteries, so voters were able to cast their ballots.

The polling location at the Martha O'Bryan Center reported they had run out of provisional ballots around 1 p.m.

Around the state, long lines have been reported as people line up at their individual precincts.

Another problem voters have had is showing up at the wrong precinct. All voters in Tennessee should have been sent a new voter registration card over the summer, some with new polling locations. Make sure to check that before you head out to vote.

You can also find out where you are supposed to vote online at the Tennessee Department of State website.

A state or federally issued photo ID is required to vote. This is the first year for the requirement, which also applied in the March presidential primary and the August state primary.

If you have any questions while voting, the State Division of Elections has a hotline available to call at 877-850-4959.

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