Tonight in the town election for Tisbury, myself and three others were denied our right to vote.

The four of us arrived according to the computers on our phones and our watches that we arrived at 7:58 p.m.

According to the Town of Tisbury ‘s website, the polls were open from noon to 8 p.m. The constable told us that the machine closed it self after the allotted time. If this is true, the machine was started before noon.

Had I arrived at 8 or later, I would not be writing this letter. I would have conceded gracefully. As it was, not only my phone and watch read 7:58, but the phones and watches of three other voters read the same.

If every vote counts, four votes went uncounted this evening.

J.M. Shea

Vineyard Haven