Voting Problems Resolved

The Warren County clerk's office is happy a problem during the last election didn't occur again. At the polls, there are two types of voting machines, the older punch buttons and the new handicap-assessable E-Slate machines.

Back in the November 2006 election, a software program wouldn't let the two machines tally the results together, so they had to be manually counted. The polls closed at 6 p.m. on election night and less than a half an hour later the ballots began to roll in.

"It went very slow, we were disappointed we did not have more voters," said Peggy Tucker, an election clerk.

By 6:40 p.m., the election judges and clerks were waiting in line to turn in their supplies, and the Warren County Clerk, Dot Owens, said this time around things went smoothly.

"I would say it went about the same for a primary election. Usually there's not that much interest in the primary election," Owens said.

This election, the clerk's office was hoping the software that's supposed to combine the totals on the older punch button machines and the newer electronic ones would work.

"There's always lessons learned. You know what you do wrong in this one you try to correct for the next one and try to get better every time that you do anything," Owens said.

A lesson learned for this primary was having a representative from the company that provides the supplies on hand. The clerk's office also had a spreadsheet as a separate back-up system in place. Owens said the back-up system wasn't needed as the fusing of the two machines went as planned.

To read about last year's election result mix-ups, find more stories below.


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