Reports of voter intimidation and technical voting machine malfunctions streamed in to voter protection hotlines Tuesday morning as polls opened across the country, with complaints ranging from reports of people unfurling Confederate flags as they drove past Florida polling stations to reports of police inside a Missouri polling place.
More than half of the voter intimidation calls received Tuesday morning have stemmed from Pennsylvania, where there have been widespread reports of poll workers asking voters for ID, according to officials affiliated with the Election Protection hotline. There are no photo ID requirements in the state.
“What we’ve observed is an uptick in the number of complaints of voter intimidation and voter harassment,” said Kristin Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “It is taking longer for our officials to resolve the issues reported.”
More than 5,500 calls were received by the Election Protection hotline by 9:30 a.m., hotline officials said.