Voters in Washington County, Utah, faced some unexpected technical difficulties when about three-quarters of the county's voting machines malfunctioned Tuesday morning.
According to the St. George Daily Spectrum, when the polls opened around 7 a.m., there were only enough programmed memory cards for 99 voting machines — rendering 281 out of the country's total 380 machines unusable.
While volunteers at some polling sites were able to get their machines up and running, albeit with delays, others had to resort to handing out paper ballots to voters or sending voters to alternate locations.
County Clerk Kim Hafen told the Spectrum that any votes cast on paper ballots would not be counted until after the election
A woman casts her vote in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Twitter user Brett Menzie, who was voting at a Washington County polling location, reported that some voters suspected there was malicious intent behind the snafu.
Already hearing folks suggesting "it looks like Hillary upset this voting process already". SMH
"They talk [nationally] about restricting voters," voter Peggy Graber told the Spectrum. "This is a good way to do it."
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President Barack Obama casts his early votes at Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center in Chicago Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) George W. Bush casts his vote in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Sygma via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Houston: Casting his ballot, president George Bush places his ballot in the box after voting in Houston, early November 6, statewide, mid-term election. Bush campaigned over the weekend for Texas Republican candidates before voting and returning to Washington.
(Original Caption) Los Angeles: Gov. Ronald Reagan, accompanied by his wife, Nancy votes in the California primary election. Reagan, the favorite son candidate who is unopposed on the Republican ballot, said he believed it was a 'good thing' for the GOP to have a favorite son delegation rather than an open primary. 'It helps bring unity to the party,' he said.
(Original Caption) 11/2/1976-Plains, CA-Plains, CA: Democratic Presidential nominee Jimmy Carter flashes a big grin as he leaves the voting booth after casting his ballot, 11/2.
(Original Caption) Senate minority leader and Mrs. Lyndon Johnson (D) Texas, are shown as they marked their absentee ballots for Saturday's Texas Democratic primary election. Senator Johnson will remain at his post in Washington until Congress adjourns.
(Original Caption) Boston: President John F. Kennedy leaves voting booth at the Joy Street Police Station in Boston after voting in the Massachusetts primary. Ted Kennedy, the President's youngest brother is being opposed in the primary by Edward J. McCormack. Both seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. candidacy.
(Original Caption) 11/06/1934-Hyde Park, NY-President Franklin D. Roosevelt is pictured in the voting booth of the Town Hall not far from his Hyde Park estate, after casting his ballot in the New York State elections. He travelled from Washington expressly to fullfill this duty as a citizen. His choices are no secret. The president had previously proclaimed that he would vote for the re-election of both Governor Lehman and Senator Copeland.
17th November 1932: Herbert Clark Hoover (1874 - 1964), right, 31st President of the United States of America. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 06: President Calvin Coolidge casting his vote in the election at Northampton. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Mr.and Mrs Warren G. Harding stand in line to vote in the presidential election. It was the first time women were allowed to vote for a president, 1920. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
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In a follow-up tweet, Menzie clarified that voting in Washington County is "not fraud and not rigged." He said he was able to vote in about 45 minutes.
Similaly, Spencer Cox, Utah Lt. Governor, confirmed in a tweet that officials were doing everything in their power to take care of the problem as quickly as possible.
"Good news!" he wrote. "Washington County issue isolated. Cards are being reprogrammed and will be delivered to polling locations soon."