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First-person Twitter accounts of a confusing, frustrating election

For a lot of Americans, trying to vote in Tuesday's midterms was frustrating.

To say the least.

These were the first elections since the passage of new, restrictive voting laws in many states.  Especially in North Carolina, Georgia, and Texas, voters reported confusion over the location of their polling places, the identification required to vote, and whether they'd even been added to the rolls. From the New York Times:

Some longtime voters in Texas reported on Tuesday that they were refused a ballot because they lacked newly required photo identification. In North Carolina, voters who showed up at the wrong precinct were unable to vote, reflecting a new policy. And in Georgia, hundreds of frustrated people called a hotline to say they were unsure if their voter registrations had been processed, some of the thousands of would-be new voters who reportedly faced uncertainty.

In many cases, the accounts seemed to reflect concerns raised by civic groups and civil rights leaders that new photo identification requirements in several states and cutbacks in early voting and same-day registration in others would deter significant numbers of people from participating in the elections.

Civil rights organizations monitoring the election for irregularities asked voters to report excessive lines, questionable conduct by poll workers, and any instances of citizens being turned away. They'll no doubt provide summaries of these reports in the coming days. But in the meantime, frustrated voters who weren't able to vote or witnessed others being prohibited from casting ballots took their complaints directly to Twitter: