The elections commission in Puerto Rico suspended the primaries on the island on Sunday afternoon amid historic electoral chaos, after more than half the 110 precincts on the island did not receive voting materials and were forced to remain closed.
“Never in my life had I seen this. I was born in 1952 and I’ve always voted and I had never seen this,” said Frances Maldonado, a voter who stood in line at La Piedad from Carolina. “They’re waiting for the order to be signed, for them to officially close the school because the ballots never arrived.”
“It is the result of Rivera Schatz and the NPP’s coup. Under the new electoral law, they fired all the vice presidents of the elections commission exactly one month ago,” Puerto Rican Senator Eduardo Bhatia told the local newspaper El Nuevo Día.
More electoral troubles. Puerto Rico suspends voting at sites that have no ballots | Just The News https://t.co/YMgXAwlMfd— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) August 9, 2020
Puerto Rico has been forced to partially suspend voting for primaries marred by a lack of ballots as officials called on the president of the U.S. territory’s elections commission to resign. https://t.co/DGO5quusVP— The Associated Press (@AP) August 9, 2020
12 noon in Puerto Rico & truck drivers are still standing around waiting to be given ballots to distribute to voting centers. It’s election day.— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) August 9, 2020
This has to be one of the most absurd acts of incompetence by the Puerto Rican govt I have witnessed.
Lord knows we’ve seen a lot. https://t.co/yzPkCWPTIR
Blank rows are literally voting precincts that never opened today in #PuertoRico due to no ballots showing up on time from @ceedepuertorico.— Julio Ricardo Varela (@julito77) August 9, 2020
Also note the precincts that opened up late for this @ppdpr and @pnp_pr primary.
This all happened today. Welcome to 2020. #Primarias2020 https://t.co/0GFiq7VElW
I should say it is, at least now, only *partially* suspended in precincts where voting still had not started at 1:45 p.m., but apparently not elsewhere? That's an even crazier "solution" to a crazy problem that'll lead to more voter confusion https://t.co/H9VcDqwwhN pic.twitter.com/8RI3xpG87j— Zach Montellaro (@ZachMontellaro) August 9, 2020
This happened earlier today in a voting center in Carolina... a volunteer telling Puerto Ricans that they didn’t had ballots for today’s primaries.— Cristina Corujo (@cristina_corujo) August 9, 2020
Many voters experienced this same situation across the island.
“The ballots never arrived.” 👇🏻#PuertoRico #Primarias2020 pic.twitter.com/PcID66velF
Folks are voting in Puerto Rico's "cancelled" primary hours after it was "cancelled."— midnucas el NPIólogo 🇵🇷 (@midnucas) August 10, 2020
It was only cancelled in municipalities that didn't receive ballots on time. Here in San Germán it's said the ballots arrived "late." Dunno the timing relative to the cancellation. #clusterfuck https://t.co/bJKLe2kA3g
Puerto Rico’s primary goes off the rails - POLITICO https://t.co/hqadMCbZ2P— Mike Amundsen (@mamund) August 10, 2020
"Puerto Rico on Sunday was forced to partially suspend voting for primaries marred by a lack of ballots as officials called on the president of the U.S. territory’s elections commission to resign." pic.twitter.com/J6mZMOWc4o
Newspapers for Puerto Rico today, as yesterday’s primaries in-persn voting system completely collapsed. https://t.co/532qyeVmzL— Kevin Enrique Rivera (@Wuakatela) August 10, 2020