Democrat O'Rourke takes on big challenge: turning Texas

EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) – In one of the biggest challenges for his party in Tuesday’s elections, Beto O’Rourke hoped to oust Republican Ted Cruz and become the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from the deeply conservative state of Texas in three decades.

The 46-year-old former punk rocker and three-term U.S. congressman captured the national spotlight and smashed an 18-year-old fundraising record – raising $61.8 million during his campaign, almost twice his rival’s $35.1 million – but significantly trailed Cruz in opinion polls for most of the year. Recent polls showed the race tightening, although Cruz still led.

Their paths to Senate candidacy shared a common root. O’Rourke declared his candidacy in an environment of rising liberal anger following Republican President Donald Trump’s rise to power. Cruz, 47, was first elected to the Senate in 2010 on a wave of fury in the conservative Tea Party movement over Democratic then-President Barack Obama.

The Senate seat is seen as one of Democrats’ few opportunities to pick up one of the two seats they need to gain a majority in the chamber in Tuesday’s elections. Democrats are viewed as having a good chance of taking over the U.S. House of Representatives; if the party also controlled the Senate it could further block Trump’s agenda, notably his ability to appoint more judges to lifetime positions on the Supreme Court.

O’Rourke, of El Paso, has embraced the Democratic Party’s liberal wing, supporting universal healthcare and expressing openness to calls to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE).

Cruz, of Houston, feuded with Trump during his unsuccessful 2016 White House run but has since embraced the president’s agenda, backing his tough immigration policies as well as his push for import tariffs aimed at lowering the U.S. trade deficit in goods. Cruz has tried to paint O’Rourke as out of step with the priorities of conservative-leaning Texans.

“There is no race in the country with a starker divide than this U.S. Senate race here in the state of Texas,” Cruz told a cheering crowd at an October campaign rally in Plano.

O’Rourke has tried to position himself as a more independent voice, saying in a September debate he would be “a senator who will work with the president where we can and stand up to him where we must.”

“We want all of us, Republicans and Democrats, Independents alike to come together and do something great for this country. That’s what I’ve heard from the people of Texas over the last 22 months,” O’Rourke said on Tuesday after casting his vote in El Paso, Texas.

In an October debate, O’Rourke used a taunt from Trump’s presidential campaign, calling his rival “Lyin’ Ted.”

Trump, however, abandoned that nickname, calling Cruz “Beautiful Ted” at an Oct. 22 rally in Houston.

The Democrat also dared to challenge one common orthodoxy in the state, calling for reform of gun laws, including stricter background checks and a ban on assault-style rifles. Cruz criticized O’Rourke for that in a state where guns have long been part of the culture.

Alvaro Mangual, a 40-year-old pharmaceutical sales associate who lives in Houston and is originally from Puerto Rico, said he voted for O’Rourke despite being a registered Republican. He cited immigration as a key issue for this election.

“Being an immigrant, I want things eased up,” said Mangual. “My wife is from Mexico. The ordeal her family went through with immigration was too much.”

Some political analysts have suggested that O’Rourke’s fundraising success may have drawn donations away from Democratic incumbent senators in other states.

Some 10 such incumbents are up for re-election on Tuesday in states that Trump carried in 2016, and the party can ill afford for any of them to lose if it wants a chance of gaining a Senate majority.

National attention and strong fundraising is no guarantee of success for a Texas Democrat. Former state Senator Wendy Davis leveraged her fame from an ultimately unsuccessful filibuster against a restrictive abortion law into a high-profile 2014 gubernatorial race – which she lost to Republican Greg Abbott.

Texas last elected a Democratic U.S. senator in 1988, when Lloyd Bentsen won his fourth six-year term in office. Bentsen stepped down in 1993 to become Treasury secretary under Democratic President Bill Clinton. Five months later, the Democrat appointed by then-Governor Ann Richards to succeed Bentsen was voted out in a special election.

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Oil prices drop over 1 percent on Iran sanctions waivers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices fell on Tuesday, with U.S. crude futures sliding to an eight-month low, a day after Washington granted sanction waivers to top buyers of Iranian oil and as Iran said it had so far been able to sell as much oil as it needs to sell.

Brent crude LCOc1 futures fell $1.04 to settle at $72.13 a barrel, a 1.42 percent loss. The global benchmark hit a session low of $71.18 a barrel, lowest since Aug. 16.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures fell 89 cents, or 1.41 percent, to settle at $62.21 a barrel. The session low was $61.31 a barrel, the weakest since March 16.

Iran said it had so far been able to sell as much oil as it needs and urged European countries opposed to U.S. sanctions to do more to shield Iran.

The United States on Monday restored sanctions targeting Iran’s oil, banking and transport sectors and threatened more action. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Washington aimed to bring Iranian oil exports to zero, but 180-day exemptions were granted to eight importers: China, India, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Greece, Taiwan and Turkey.

This group takes as much as three-quarters of Iran’s seaborne oil exports, trade data shows, meaning the Islamic Republic will still be allowed to export some oil for now.

Industry estimates suggest Iran’s oil exports have fallen 40 to 60 percent since Trump said in May he would reimpose sanctions. However, exemptions could allow exports to rise again after November.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the country, a top importer of Iranian oil, would not abide by the sanctions, which he said were aimed at “unbalancing the world.”

“While the Iranian sanctions should still be viewed as a latent bullish consideration capable of limiting much additional price slippage, it would appear that the Iranian factor alone will not be capable of spurring higher prices without major assistance from a renewed strengthening in the equities, sustainable weakening in the U.S. dollar or a significant cut back in OPEC production,” Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch & Associates, said in a note.

Concerns about oil demand weighed on prices. The trade dispute between the United States and China threatens growth in the world’s two biggest economies and currency weakness is pressuring economies in Asia.

On the supply side, U.S. crude oil production is expected to average 12.06 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2019, passing the 12 million bpd milestone sooner than expected on surging domestic shale output, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday.

Market participants awaited industry data on U.S. crude stockpiles due to be released at 4:30 p.m. EST. Official government data will be released Wednesday.

Output is rising from the world’s top three producers. Russia, the United States and Saudi Arabia combined produced more than 33 million bpd for the first time in October, enough to meet more than a third of the world’s almost 100 million bpd of crude oil consumption.

Top crude exporter Saudi Arabia has cut the December price for its Arab Light grade for Asian customers.

Hedge fund managers were net sellers of petroleum-linked futures and options last week.

Morgan Stanley on Tuesday lowered its price forecast for Brent, saying the global benchmark will stay at $77.5 per barrel to mid-2019.

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'Aggressive engagement' needed with US members of Congress to boost ties with Ireland, government told

The government has been told that visits by US politicians to Ireland should be ramped up as part of a strategy to boost relations between the two countries.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney briefed ministers on a review of US-Irish relations that says there should be “aggressive engagement” with members of Congress elected in today’s mid-term election in a bid to “deepen links”.

The review of Irish-US relations comes after a July meeting facilitated by the Washington-based Brookings Institute to identify strengths and weaknesses and actions that are needed.

The meeting was attended by government ministers, the secretaries general of the Department of the Taoiseach, Foreign Affairs and Business, and Julie Sinnamon, the chief executive of Enterprise Ireland.

EU Commissioner Phil Hogan is also said to have contributed along with ambassadors including Dan Mulhall – Ireland’s top diplomat in the US.

A report following the meeting makes a number of recommendations to government which are to be developed through the Global Ireland strategy.

The review found that Taoisigh and Irish ministers have made 169 visits to the US since 2012.

It argues that this level of engagement should continue but also that Ireland should increase the number of incoming visits from the US.

According to the report figures like US-mayors, federal politicians and members of Congress should be encouraged to travel here.

It also says there should be “aggressive engagement” with the Friends of Ireland caucus in the US Congress to “deepen links” with the newly elected members who will be taking office in January of next year.

The report calls for more Irish staff on the ground in the US – including those with skill-sets in culture, technology and science – and for the opening of a consulate in Los Angeles.

The report refers to Brexit, pointing out that Ireland will be the only principally English-speaking country in the EU once Britain departs and highlights the close existing ties with the US.

It also speaks of the “invaluable role” of the Irish diaspora in the US.

The memo to Cabinet came days before US President Donald Trump’s aborted visit to Ireland was due to take place.

Mr Trump had planned to come to Ireland around November 12 as part of his itinerary for Armistice Day in Europe where he is to mark the centenary of the ceasefire that signalled the end of World War One.

He had announced an intention to visit Ireland including his golf club in Co Clare but this was postponed for scheduling reasons.

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'Undermining' of fall-back plan to avoid hard border of 'grave concern' – Fianna Fail

FIANNA Fáil has said any “undermining” of the fall-back plan to avoid hard border in Ireland after Brexit is of “grave concern”.

And the party’s business spokesman Billy Kelleher claimed that if Fianna Fáil had been involved in talks it would have tried to prevent the issue becoming “isolated” in the negotiations.

Mr Kelleher also called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to clarify his remarks where expressed an openness to consider proposals for a review of any backstop arrangements.

The proposal has been put forward by British prime minister Theresa May who is today seeking approval from her own Cabinet for plans to avoid a hard border.

Mr Kelleher was asked by reporters if his party would have done anything differently in the Brexit negotiations.

He said the backstop had been sold as a “cast-iron guarantee” and argued that “now we’re finding it at the last moment of negotiations that it is frayed at the edges is an issue of concern.

“Would we have done anything differently? We would have tried to ensure that the backstop wouldn’t have become isolated as it has.”

Mr Kelleher said there’s been “disquiet” since Mr Varadkar made his remarks about Mrs May’s proposal for a backstop review.

He said any dilution of the backstop could “create huge uncertainty” and would be of “grave concern” both politically and economically.

He said that for business “the greatest enemy of investment is uncertainty”.

Mr Kelleher added: “we do need to find out what the Taoiseach means by a review of the backstop”.

Mr Varadkar’s office has said that the outcome of any review of the backstop could not involve a unilateral decision to end it.

His party colleague Thomas Byrne highlighted how Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin wrote to Mr Varadkar to seek agreement that the two parties don’t bring the government down while any Brexit deal is being ratified.

Mr Byrne said: “Our offer in terms of no election actually hasn’t been accepted by the Taoiseach. He hasn’t actually done anything about it”.

He claimed this is “unwise” and added: “we’re still maintaining our position. It’s too important for the country.”

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US pipe bombs suspect Cesar Sayoc 'a serious risk of danger to public', court hears

Cesar Sayoc, 56, appeared at hearing in New York on Tuesday accused of mailing more than a dozen explosive devices to Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Robert De Niro, CNN and others.

He was ordered to be held without bail as assistant US attorney Jane Kim called him “a serious risk of danger to the public and a flight risk.”

Sayoc, from Aventura, Florida, faces nearly 50 years in prison if convicted on five federal charges.

His lawyers did not attempt to seek his release on bail after prosecutors released a letter outlining more evidence against him, including DNA linking him to 10 of the explosive devices and fingerprints on two of them.

Sayoc also searched online for addresses and photos of some of the people sent bombs, including former president Mr Obama, former secretary of state Mrs Clinton and former vice president Joe Biden, it is alleged.

Prosecutors say the most recent bomb addressed to the liberal activist Tom Steyer was found in California on Friday – the same day that Sayoc appeared at a pre-trial hearing in Miami, Florida.

During the hearing on Tuesday, Sayoc responded “Yes, sir” to questions from the judge and hugged his lawyer after the hearing.

The charges were filed in New York because some of the devices were recovered there.

All of the bombs were sent through the US postal service but none exploded and no one was injured.

Nonetheless, the wave of improvised explosive devices appearing in mailboxes in late October heightened tensions before the midterm elections.

Voting for the elections began on Tuesday.

Sayoc was arrested outside a car parts store in his home state on 26 October.

He was living in a van covered plastered with stickers of Mr Trump and images of some of the US president’s opponents with red crosshairs over their faces.

Sayoc was a prolific social media user, using some of his accounts to troll and rally against Democrats.

Some of his more personal social media showed a man obsessed with appearing as stereotypically masculine as could be.

Sayoc is due to return to a federal court on Monday for a preliminary hearing.

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U.S. midterms: 82-year-old Texas woman dies mere days after voting for the first time

Driven by “political vitriol,” an 82-year-old Texas woman decided it was about time to let her voice be heard by voting early on Thursday, only to die four days later.

Gracie Lou Phillips had never voted in her life before that day, when her granddaughters took her to an early polling station in Grand Prairie.

“She’s a wonderful woman,” Leslie Rene Moore said of her grandmother to local NBC News. “Proud American. Proud woman.”

Phillips’ family explained to the news station the grandmother’s “priority through life was her family” and that family life and “misconceptions about voting” kept the woman from voting.

“She finally registered to vote for the first time in her life,” granddaughter Michelle Phillips told NBC. “She kept telling everybody ‘I’m voting. I’m going to vote this year and my vote counts.’”

Despite battling pneumonia and moving into hospice care, Phillips was going to vote.

“To have someone literally need oxygen to breathe, pure tank of oxygen to breathe, put it in her car and ask to go on what may very well be the last week of her life, that shows the dedication and priority that people need to look at,” Michelle Phillips said.

The Phillips family confirmed to the news station the proud voter had died early Monday, surrounded by her family.

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'Trucks were coming, bikes were swerving' – Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick rescues swan on busy Dublin street

It was a case of right place, right time for one Dublin swan today when Channel 4’s The Supervet Professor Noel Fitzpatrick happened across the bird in a bit of bother. 

The swan had landed in the middle of traffic on the main Donnybrook road when Noel was en route to RTÉ for an interview with Ray D’Arcy on Radio One this afternoon. 

The swan had managed to ruffle a few feathers with his unfortunate landing spot in front of a taxi, causing a motorcyclist and truck drivers to swerve in order to avoid crossing over the bird. 

Arriving in the RTÉ studio a little wet after his rescue mission in the rain, Noel explained he had wrapped the bewildered animal in his tweed jacket. 

Coincidentally, the hero of his new book ‘Becoming the Supervet’ is known as ‘Vetman’ and Noel joked he had personified the character in the few minutes it took to help out his feathered friend. 

He said he had also once crashed his bike on the same road and that he felt for the swan’s plight. 

“We were rushing from Grafton Street down here and crossed the canal, and a swan just mistook the road for the canal because it is blizzarding rain down there and just landed on the road right in front of a taxi cab,” Noel told Ray on air. 

“Trucks were coming, bikes were swerving, and I was like, ‘Pull the car over I need to put my red [superhero] pants on, nah no time for the pants on the outside of the trousers – Vetman jumped out of the car.” 

“Fortunately I had a lovely tweed jacket on that I had just done a television interview in so that was perfect for getting the swan safely under it and run him back to the canal and release him.”

Luckily the swan hadn’t injured himself – or any motorists – but Noel said it had been a close call. 

“The motorbike that had swerved was unbelievably close and a taxi cab that had swerved from out behind another car – you’re not going to expect there is a swan in the middle of the Donnybrook road.” 

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Parliament unanimously approves plan to stop leaving money unspent at Veterans Affairs Canada

An NDP plan to end the practice of leaving money unspent at Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) was unanimously approved by the House of Commons Tuesday afternoon, just five days before Remembrance Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Proposed Monday and voted on Tuesday, the NDP motion says the government should “automatically carry forward all annual lapsed spending at the Department of Veterans Affairs to the next fiscal year, for the sole purpose of improving services for Canadian veterans.”

The motion states that any money carried forward should be targeted toward VAC meeting its own standards in the 12 service areas where it is currently failing, including improving wait times for disability benefits, telephone services, vocational training and rehabilitation programs.

As Global News first reported in September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has allowed more than $372 million meant to help veterans and their families go unspent since taking office in November 2015. This is despite promises from then-Liberal leader Trudeau, who in August 2015 said that leaving money meant for veterans unspent was “wrong,” that a government led by him would fix it.

Tuesday, Trudeau made good on that promise.

“Our government is and continues to be committed to supporting and honouring Canada’s veterans and their families,” he said. “And of course we will be supporting the NDP motion.”

This also follows more than $1.1 billion of unspent funding at VAC during the time Stephen Harper’s Conservatives were in power.

According to NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, this proposal will “end the theft” at VAC and stop veterans from being “robbed” of the resources they so badly need and deserve.

“Over the past number of years money is promised to Veterans Affairs, that money has lapsed or not been spent,” Singh said Monday. “That means veterans have been robbed of finances and resources for the services they need. This has to end.”

While motions passed in the House of Commons are not binding — meaning the government has no legal obligation to stick to the plan — they carry significant meaning.

Singh says this plan could mean as much as $124 million a year more for veterans. He also says it’s an important first step in ensuring veterans who’ve sacrificed so much have access to the benefits they need in a timely manner.

Since taking office, Trudeau’s Liberals have reopened nine veteran service offices closed by the Harper Conservatives. The government has also rehired roughly 470 front-line staff — including case managers — who work closely with veterans.

The NDP says with unspent money at VAC now being carried forward, the number of front-line staff at VAC can increase dramatically, meaning shorter wait times and better outcomes for veterans.

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Never mind the exchange rate: Canadians back to gobbling up U.S. property

Canadian homebuyers can once again be found in Florida, Arizona, California or wherever you might get your fix of warm and sunny weather south of the border.

“We have definitely seen an increase in Canadian buyers,” said James W. Bates, a real estate specialist at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty in Naples, Fla.

Bates used to get 80 to 90 per cent of his business from wealthy, sun-starved Canadians snapping up vacation homes. But the share of his Canuck clients dropped precipitously — down to around 40 per cent — in 2015 and 2016, when the Canadian dollar slipped to around US 75 cents after years of holding at close to — or above — parity.

Now, though, Canadians are back to making up 60 per cent of Bates’ customers.

Numbers from the U.S.-based National Association of Realtors show a similar trend nationwide. By 2016, the value of U.S. residential property bought by Canadians had plunged to just over half of the US$17 billion ($17.5 billion) that Canucks spent in late 2009 and early 2010, when the loonie was firmly above 0.90 cents US and the subprime mortgage crisis had pushed U.S. home prices to record lows.

But Canadians’ retreat from the U.S. seems to have been only temporary. By 2017, they had snatched up US$19 billion ($24.7 billion) worth of U.S. homes and US$10.5 billion ($13.6 billion) in the 12 months leading up to March 2018.

It’s not that the loonie has regained strength. The exchange rate has been holding in the range of US75-80 cents for over two and a half years. And the bargain home prices of the post-crisis era are now long gone. In Naples, for example, Bates said the prices of downtown and beach-side properties have doubled over the past six to seven years, and even in less coveted areas, they have now fully recovered.

Meanwhile, interest rates have been climbing on both sides of the border, pushing up the cost of mortgages.

But Canadians still seem to have money to spend and appear to have gotten used to the idea that everything in the U.S. now costs 25 per cent more, according to Bates.

Bates’ northern clientele used to be mostly boomers looking to turn into snowbirds. But now he’s increasingly seeing families with children who fly south just for a few weeks or a long weekend.

U.S. still relatively cheap compared to some areas of cottage country

Rob and Melanie McLister, both Toronto-based mortgage brokers at intelliMortgage, are among the Canadians who have recently been buying down south.

After considering a vacation home in Muskoka, one of the hottest markets of Ontario’s cottage country, and Florida, the couple eventually settled for the latter.

There were a number of things to consider, McLister told Global News.

Prices depend on what and where you buy. “An oceanfront condo in Naples, for example, will cost you roughly the same as a nice rustic cottage on a smaller lake in Ontario,” McLister said.

Beach condos are starting at US$600,000 ($788,000), Bates said. By contrast, the average price for a Muskoka lakefront property was $1.5 million, according to a 2017 report by Royal LePage.

And compared to the Greater Toronto Area, which receives 115,000 new residents every year and where one in six own vacation homes, “in Florida there is more supply,” McLister said.

But supply restraints aren’t a problem just around places like Toronto and Vancouver. Alberta cottages are, in fact, the priciest in Canada — going for over $800,000 on average, according to the Royal LePage report — due to a dearth of lakeside properties in the province.

Another advantage of properties in milder climates is they allow for a longer rental season.

“In Ontario cottage country [that] is usually no more than four months a year,” McLister said. “That’s not long to generate the revenue you need to pay for a year of expenses.”

However, Canadians shouldn’t assume buying in the southern U.S. means being able to rent year-round.

In southern Florida, for example, “you get fewer renters and skimpy rents in the summer,” McLister said. In the northern part of the state, “you get fewer renters and smaller rents in the winter.”

But what turned out to be truly painful about buying in Florida was getting a mortgage, McLister said.

“We’re qualified borrowers and mortgage pros. We thought we knew what to expect, but man, were we in for a rude awakening,” he said. “Many U.S. lenders that say they lend to Canadians don’t tell you that they ask for three times the paperwork and may not recognize all your Canadian income.”

Canadians lenders like RBC and BMO that offer U.S. mortgages for Canadians “are more willing to accept solely Canadian income. But they still have to comply with all the U.S. paperwork and underwriting rules, which are more onerous than in Canada,” McLister said.

In Canada, closing a real estate purchase takes between one and four weeks, he added. In the U.S., six to seven weeks is the minimum.

Buyers also face higher interest rates in the U.S. The average rate for the most common 30-year mortgage is 4.83 per cent in the U.S. By comparison, the average fixed rate for Canada’s staple five-year term mortgage with a 25-year amortization is 3.54 per cent. (However, U.S. mortgages allow for borrowers to lock in their rates for up to 30 years, which eliminates the risk of having to renew at a higher rate.)

Buying a U.S. property also involves steeper fees, McLister said. He and his wife paid at least $4,500 worth of fees that don’t exist in Canada.

Still, many Canadians avoid the bureaucratic headaches of a U.S. mortgage by borrowing against a property they already own in Canada and using the loan for a cash purchase in the U.S., McLister said. This common financing tactic also allows buyers to minimize their exposure to exchange rate fluctuations, as the debt repayments are in Canadian dollars.

But buying U.S. property often comes with complicated legal and tax issues. Simply owning U.S. property doesn’t mean having to declare income or pay taxes in the U.S., said David Altro, a Florida attorney and Canadian legal adviser based in Toronto. However, renting, selling, gifting or passing on a U.S. home as an inheritance can result in steep taxes without careful planning, he added.

Another issue Canadians should be aware of is Americans’ propensity to file lawsuits and award multi-million dollar judgments. If you’re renting, and your tenant slips and falls, you better make sure that “the sole recourse is the [U.S.] property and not your assets in Canada.”

Usually, the best strategy to tackle most of those issues is holding U.S. property through a cross-border trust, Altro said.

That’s a lot for Canadians buyers to be wary of. Still, asked why he decided to opt for Florida, McLister had a simple answer.

“The thermometer,” he said.

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Long lines, technical issues prompt calls for midterm voters to #StayInLine

Americans are urging each other to stay in line and wait to vote in the 2018 midterm elections, despite long waits that have been reported at polling stations during the first few hours of the midterm elections.

Voters are taking to Twitter to share their stories of long lines due to either higher turnout or a lack of voting machines using the hashtag #StayInLine.

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One Atlanta polling location had hundreds of people waiting to vote at only three voting machines. Reverend Jesse Jackson called the wait a “voter suppression” tactic and encouraged people to stay in line and vote.

Reports of broken ballot scanners are leading to long lines at several polling sites across New York City.

Turnout was so heavy Tuesday morning at one packed precinct on Manhattan’s Upper West Side that the line to scan ballots stretched around a junior high school gym.

At a polling place in Snellville, Georgia, more than 100 people took turns sitting in children’s chairs and on the floor as they waited in line for hours. Voting machines at the Gwinnett County precinct did not work, so poll workers offered provisional paper ballots while trying to get a replacement machine.

One voter, Ontaria Woods, said about two dozen people who had come to vote left because of the lines.

Jenna Quinn hands out pizza for voters standing in line including David Chapman (L) as they wait to cast their ballots in the 2018 mid-term general election at Lang-Carson Recreation Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 06 November 2018.

A line forms outside a polling site on election day in Atlanta, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Voters stand in line to cast their ballots at P.S. 22, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in the Prospect Heights neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

A long line of voters wait to vote at Adler Elementary School on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, Southfield, Mich.

People stand in line to cast their vote at a public school in the Upper West Side neighborhood of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

People wait in line at polling place during election day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Silver Spring, Md.

“We’ve been trying to tell them to wait, but people have children. People are getting hungry. People are tired,” Woods said. Woods said she and others turned down the paper ballots because they “don’t trust it.”

Voting in a Rhode Island community only accessible by ferry was interrupted briefly after the sole voting machine on the island malfunctioned.

The Rhode Island Board of Elections tweeted at about 9 a.m. Tuesday that the machine on Prudence Island “experienced a technical difficulty.”

A new machine was ferried over and the board said the polling place is operating normally and all ballots have been accepted.

Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay is part of the town of Portsmouth and has a population of about 200.

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