[fve]A line of hundreds of voters wrapped around a polling location at the Jersey City firehouse on Marin Boulevard due to a broken voting machine.
A source working the polls, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, admitted that one voting machine had broken down this morning – causing an unforeseen wait of up to three hours to pick the next president of the United States – Hillary Clinton (D) or Donald Trump (R).
One Jersey City resident, who declined to give his name but was willing to go on camera, was waiting close to three hours, was already running late for work.
“I’ve been here since 10 a.m. There’s no organization at all. Nobody knows anything. Even the people who are organizing it, they don’t know what to say or to reply to people.”
A pregnant woman even endured a wait of over an hour to get towards the front of the line, despite the fact that she had no indication of when she would get to cast her vote.
Although the voting machine was replaced rather quickly after a county board of elections officials tried to appease those who needed special assistance, a few residents still felt that they weren’t adequately prepared for the voter turnout.
A resident of Ward E of 11 years, who also declined to give her name, told Hudson County View, “It’s a pretty low voter turnout in the area but since there is so much construction in the neighborhood, I think that the population has doubled … I really don’t know what they were thinking.”
The resident was also offered to jump to the front of the line since she was on crutches, but declined.
“I came prepared, but I’m still going to wait.”
The polls are open until 8 p.m. and as long as voters are on line before 8 p.m., they will still be given the opportunity to vote.