Puerto Rico voting temporarily halted amid lack of ballots

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An official turns away two voters at a voting center lacking ballots in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Puerto Rico’s primaries were marred on Sunday by a lack of ballots in a majority of centers across the U.S. territory, forcing frustrated voters who braved a spike in COVID-19 cases to turn around and go back home. (AP Photo/Danica Coto)

 (CNN) — Puerto Rico’s primary elections were temporarily halted Sunday because of a lack of ballots in voting centers across the island, according to election officials.

The State Elections Commission (CEE) suspended voting at some precincts because they had not received ballots, CEE said.

The CEE later announced voting would be rescheduled for any precincts that were not able to open by 1:45 p.m. Sunday. Voting will resume at those centers on August 16 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., according to a CEE release.

Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced blasted the CEE in a tweet.

“This is totally unacceptable and outrageous! What the State Elections Commission did today is unprecedented and there is no excuse that can support it,” Vázquez said.

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