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U.S. Senate hopeful Trudy Busch Valentine is greeted by volunteers after casting her vote at the Ladue City Hall in Ladue, Mo., on Election Day Tuesday. Busch Valentine, a democrat, is challenging Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, for the soon to be vacant United States Senate seat as Sen. Roy Blunt plans retirement. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | <a href=License Photo” height=”532″ onclick=”st_ss_sh1();” src=”https://cdnph.upi.com/svc/sv/upi/1011667908554/2022/1/163bb4fb60ab269396d55c1174c58aca/Few-hiccups-reported-as-voters-cast-midterm-ballots.jpg” title=”U.S. Senate hopeful Trudy Busch Valentine is greeted by volunteers after casting her vote at the Ladue City Hall in Ladue, Mo., on Election Day Tuesday. Busch Valentine, a democrat, is challenging Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, for the soon to be vacant United States Senate seat as Sen. Roy Blunt plans retirement. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo” width=”800″>

U.S. Senate hopeful Trudy Busch Valentine is greeted by volunteers after casting her vote at the Ladue City Hall in Ladue, Mo., on Election Day Tuesday. Busch Valentine, a democrat, is challenging Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, for the soon to be vacant United States Senate seat as Sen. Roy Blunt plans retirement. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 8 (UPI) — Voting rights advocates in key states said voting appeared to be going smoothly Tuesday morning, while 3,600 mail-in ballots may be in jeopardy in Philadelphia and Dominion voting machines are down in Mercer County, N.J.

The midterm elections will determine which party holds the House and Senate for the next several years, which will play a huge part in the ability of Democratic President Joe Biden to get his agenda through before the next presidential election.

“What we are seeing are things that we usually see on Election Day,” said Susannah Goodman, director of election security at Common Cause. “Sometimes voters are going in and one of the voting machines isn’t working or lines are a little longer.”

Issues with mail-in ballots have cropped up in the swing state of Florida and in Philadelphia, a key voting city in Pennsylvania.

Common Cause’s Amy Keith said Florida officials have tagged more than 15,000 mail-in ballots across the state for signature problems or other issues as late last week. Under state law, voters have until 5 p.m. EST Thursday to fix problems with those ballots.

In Philadelphia, officials said there were 3,596 ballots in question due to a lack of signature on the declaration envelope or lack of a written date on the declaration envelopes. Such omissions have been the subject to lawsuits over the past two years.

Officials are watching the development closely because of the tight U.S. Senate race between Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Republican challenger, celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz.

Philadelphia city commissioner Lisa Deeley said that she “strongly advises” the voters to visit City Hall Room 140 to correct the ballot before 7 p.m.

In Mercer County, N.J., where the state capital of Trenton is located, all the voting machines were not operating, so votes there were taken by paper ballot.

“The Board of Elections has advised the county of issues with voting machines,” the county said on its Facebook page. “Poll workers will be on hand to walk voters through the process. The board is working with Dominion, the machine maker, to resolve the issue.”

More than 44.2 million people cast early ballots in the midterm election as voters prepare to take to the polls for the final chance to cast their ballots on Election Day.

Because early votes cannot be counted until polls are closed in some states many tight races may take an extra day or so to be decided as voters walk to the polls on the traditional voting day.

According to the United States, the Election Project at the University of Florida, Texas and California led the country with more than five million people voting early in each state, followed by Florida with 4.7 million.

In Georgia, where Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., is trying to hold on to his seat in the Red State against former football star Hershel Walker, R-Ga., a record 2.5 million cast their ballots early as of Saturday, shattering the old record of 2.1 million by 20%.

Arizona, which has been marred by allegations, investigations over early voting fraud and even voter intimidation claims, those turning in ballots ahead of time is down from 2018 totals. As of last Thursday, 1.4 million votes were cast early, down from the 1.5 million at the same point in the last midterm election.

In Phoenix’s Maricopa County, where half of the state’s voters are located, Republicans were behind their pace of early ballot returns from four years ago going into this past weekend.

Registered Democrats cast the earliest votes (42.8%) in states that allow such voting while Registered Republicans cast 34%. Republicans, though, traditionally cast the largest number of votes on Election Day. The project said 23.2% of early voting came from non-affiliated voters.

Biden and his granddaughter, Natalie Biden, voted last month during early voting in Delaware. Biden has been barnstorming the country stomping for Democratic candidates in hopes to hold on to the House and Senate. Losing one or both bodies could hamper his final two years.

Supporters of Dr. Mehmet Oz rally for his campaign for U.S. Senate at The Chadwick in Wexford, Pa., on November 4, 2022. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo