In the run-up to Election Day, there were fears over armed New Black Panthers, voting machines that changed votes, a polling station that was closed through a foreclosure and social media messages from foreign influences.
But whether any of the election results Tuesday are impacted by voter fraud or other undue influences remains to be seen.
USA Today reported federal officials, including DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others, said the American public can defeat attempts to influence election results by “remaining informed” and being “vigilant consumers of information.”
Poll watchers were on duty nationwide and thousands of volunteers were observing the process to watch for anomalies, including situations in which the vote count surpasses the number of eligible voters.
USA Today reported that in one town outside of Phoenix, Arizona, when voters went to their polling location they found it closed, because of a foreclosure proceeding by the landlord of the site.
Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes reported the landlord locked it up after workers had set up the polling place, so they responded by setting up a temporary poll in the parking lot.
In the Florida Panhandle, where entire towns were devastated by Hurricane Michael, voters were heading to alternate voting centers in churches, county offices and a shopping center. Affected are about 200,000 registered voters.
Common Cause reported it had received numerous reports of voting machines across Georgia “going down.”
Addressing those concerns was complicated by a series of severe weather events developing at the same time, officials said.
It was in that state that GOP governor candidate Brian Kemp cited a Facebook photo of members of the New Black Party toting guns and carrying a sign support Democrat Stacey Abrams.
Kemp’s campaign issued a statement calling on Abrams to denounce the group, whose members are “dangerous and encourage violence against our men and woman in uniform.”
Stacey responded with an accusation that Kemp posed for pictures with people who were wearing “hate-filled” shirts.
In Cincinnati, there were long lines because of technical failures in voting machines. The machines were alerting voters that they “under voted” if they left a race blank.
There were early reports of voting machines in Texas switching some voter selections. Officials said it was connected to the Hart eSlate machines, which can glitch up if a person fills out selections too quickly.
The Hill reported there also was concern about cyber threats.
The report said Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, said states have generally improved their defenses against cyberattacks.
But he said “that doesn’t mean we have to sit back on our laurels and say, ‘We’re not going to get hacked.””
Other problems reported Tuesday included the typical “big lines,” especially in states without early voting provisions.
The Washington Post editorialized about accusations of voter fraud, saying that Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions were “without evidence” regarding their warnings.
The newspaper claimed Trump’s charges of voter fraud in 2016 were “baseless.”
The reports were coming in from around the country.
NBC said they included malfunctioning voting machines and long lines in some places.
The problem with the machines was diagnosed as batteries that died in one location, and it was solved with the retrieval of power cords.
In another location, this one near Cleveland, some voters said they were told, when they went to vote, they already had submitted absentee ballots.
That “issue” was being fixed, election managers said.
And in Wake County, North Carolina, voting machines were being affected by “high humidity levels.”
A CBS affiliate in Detroit said there were no voting machines at one precinct, at least when voters arrived.
It turns out they were in the building, just locked in a closet that election workers didn’t have access to reach.
WVLT said storms in east Tennessee forced several polling locations to use paper ballots – and battery backups.
And in New York, there were reports of broken scanners, no ballot sleeves and dim lighting.
There, Christopher Thomas Queen, of Claysville, was told he was not registered to vote.
He then allegedly said he was going to get a gun and “shoot up” the place.
He was named in a criminal complaint for terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.