Today (Tuesday) is Primary Election Day in the state of Massachusetts. While most polls opened at 7 am this morning, the Town of Barnstable faced a nightmarish situation.
According to a Facebook post shared this morning, the Clerk's office was unable to open the vault that houses the election ballots.
The Town of Barnstable assured voters that voting precincts would remain open, but residents would be unable to vote until the issue was resolved.
At 8:45, the town updated announced that emergency paper ballots are being printed while crews continue to attempt to open the vault.
"Paper ballots will be identical to machine-readable ballots, but will need to be hand-counted at the end of the night."
The town has been in contact with the Secretary of the Commonwealth to address the issue. "The Secretary of the Commonwealth's office is exploring all options available to make sure everyone in Barnstable is able to vote today. This may include seeking an order to extend the closing of the polls in Barnstable, if necessary."
Polls remain open until 8 pm tonight for registered Massachusetts voters to submit their ballots. To find your voting place, visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' website.
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