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  • Laura Calbone of Bloomington, Minn. took this photo of a Donald Trump campaign sign posted outside Peace Lutheran Church in Bloomington, which acted as a polling place on Election Day, November 8, 2016.

     

    Minnesota voters report minor glitches and some politicking

    Some Minnesotans said voting Tuesday was a breeze, while others encountered long lines, minor technical glitches or political campaigning at their polling places.

    MPR News received a handful of reports from around the Twin Cities metro area of people putting political signs on polling place property.

    At Minnetonka United Methodist Church, voter Karl Bunday said he saw a man post two Trump/Pence campaign signs near the parking lot entrance to the polling site.

    When he questioned the man about it, Bunday said, the man insisted he could legally post the signs because he was 100 feet away from the polling building. When Bunday told the man he couldn't put campaign material on private church property without permission, the man walked away and left the signs in place.

    "I am surprised that this kind of thing is going on," said Bunday. "There are plenty of clean ways to put up signs. But you know that was just plainly wrong. And I can't understand why someone would want to do something so plainly wrong on Election Day."

    Bunday, 58, said the Trump signs were only up for a minute or two before the chief election judge came out and threw them in the trash.

    In Eagan, technical glitches plagued some early morning voters as they cast their ballots.

    At one polling location, a handful of voters had their candidate selections appear on the voting machine display screen after they submitted their ballots.

    One of those voters was Jim West. He said people standing behind him in line could easily see whom he voted for.

    "Considering the emotion that's behind this election, yes, I would like to keep my vote confidential," said West. "To have it on the screen like that was shocking."

    A spokesman for the Eagan City Clerk said the display issue affected five to 10 voters. The problem was traced to an incorrect setting on a new ballot machine and was quickly fixed.

    At a different Eagan polling site, the city said, 30 to 40 voters were given the wrong type of pens to mark their ballots. Election officials used replacement ballots to resubmit those votes.

    Polls are open until 8 p.m.

    — Lorna Benson, MPR News

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