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Primary Voting Starts With A Couple Of Glitches In D.C.

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By Jonathan Wilson

Primary voting has begun in the District of Columbia, but the morning hasn't been totally free of glitches in the process.

At voting precinct 105, the Harris School in Marshall Heights, poll workers were unable to get into the building until 7:30, a half hour after polls opened.

At about 15 other precincts, because of a mistake in the written instructions given to poll workers on how to use electronic voting machines, voting was halted for short periods this morning while workers called superiors to figure it out.

Alison McLaughlin, spokesperson for D.C. Board of Elections, says there was no actual malfunction or problem with the machines, just confusion on how to set them up.

The District has never used the new machines in an election before today.

McLaughlin says the Board is still evaluating whether to keep certain voting locations open later today because of the problems.

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