Patch’s Eric Kiefer reports

NEWARK, NJ — Ryan Haygood went to his Newark polling place early Tuesday morning, eager to vote in New Jersey’s 2021 primary election. There was just one problem – a total absence of voting machines.

Haygood, president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ), says he was one of many Brick City residents who ran into election day troubles earlier this week.

As reported by the New Jersey Globe, 33 voting machines, mostly for polling locations in Newark’s predominately Black Central, South and West Wards, weren’t delivered before polls opened. In all, 23 polling places didn’t have voting machines by 6 a.m.