First day of early voting brings long lines, frustrated voters - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

First day of early voting brings long lines, frustrated voters

Long line at Bellevue Baptist Church early voting location.  (Source: Viewer) Long line at Bellevue Baptist Church early voting location. (Source: Viewer)
Line at Poplar Pike early voting location. (Source: Viewer) Line at Poplar Pike early voting location. (Source: Viewer)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Early voting is underway in Tennessee, but it's not happening without some hiccups.

Voters have reported long lines and potential machine problems.

Click here to see every early voting location in Shelby County.

Voters at the Bellevue Baptist Church location said they had to wait in long lines because the machines were not working. 

"As of right now, probably a good hour and 30 minutes," Leigh Parker said.

Parker wasn't the only one waiting for a long time to cast their vote.

"We've been here maybe an hour, hour and a half," Rodney Knolton said.

The problem was made worse with ballot machines malfunctioning earlier in the morning. According to the Election Commission, old security codes were accidentally sent to polling stations, meaning the machines would not operate properly.

The commission said all voters were given a paper ballot to case their vote and no voters were turned away.

"The keys wouldn't open the machines is essentially what happened," Linda Phillips, Shelby County Election Commission, said. "But, no. The votes are being recorded exactly as people are casting them."

Some voters said the long wait time was expected.

"It's not really frustrating," Parker said. "I was prepared to wait if I had to, because I just wanted to get it done today."

"It's either stand here and deal with it or come back another day," Brandon Mayes said.

We also received pictures of long lines that formed at the Poplar Pike voting location in Germantown.

Despite the third and final presidential debate airing Wednesday night, many of the voters said they are now just looking forward to the election being over.

"It's been interesting to say the least," Parker said. "I'm 67 and it's probably the craziest I've ever seen."

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