Voters across the country flocked to polling stations to cast their midterm ballots, but some were met with long lines and voting machine failures.
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Voting rights advocates reported a generally smooth Election Day on Tuesday as millions of Americans cast ballots in the nation's pivotal midterms even as a glitch with voting tabulators in a key Arizona county emerged as an issue on the right.
Despite the problems at several dozen polling locations in Maricopa County, Arizona, a subtropical storm bearing down on Florida and a scrap over federal election observers in Missouri, election observers said the problems some voters encountered as they made their choices appeared to be isolated and manageable for poll workers.
"What we are seeing are things that we usually see on Election Day," Susannah Goodman, director of election security for Common Cause, told reporters. "There are glitches in the system, but election administrators have learned from the past and they have resiliency built in."
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