A local ABC station reported on Tuesday that voters were not able to vote at a polling location set up at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Detroit shortly after the polls opened because election workers were unable to locate the voting machines.
Voters say they were shocked to find out that the precinct wasn’t prepared for them to cast their ballots.
Some voters say they were initially told to go to the precinct across the street, though that was incorrect information, reports ABC’s WXYZ.
“I take it very seriously,” said voter Sheree Walton. “Someone died so I would have the right to vote.”
Election workers blamed the delay on a miscommunication about where the voting machines were located and that the voters were turned away while attempts were being made to locate the machines.
The voting machines were later discovered locked inside a closet on the other side of the school that election workers did not have access to.
WXYZ reports that “some voters were turned away while others were unable to vote for an hour and a half.”
It is unclear how many voters were turned away during this morning’s mishap.