Posted: Nov 6, 2012 4:18 PM by Rachel Cole - email@example.com
Updated: Nov 6, 2012 5:52 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- It was a rough start to election day for one local polling place, when all eight electronic voting machines wouldn't turn on, causing some early morning voters to turn away. Some voters said they weren't satisfied doing things the old fashioned way.
"I didn't feel comfortable with that," Linda Millard said. "It was an inconvenience but things happen," Steve West said.
Voters were in line at 7 am ready to cast their ballots when they were told about the technical difficulties with all 8 machines at the Island Presbyterian Church in Precinct 40.
"I was there probably 5-10 minutes before I realized the line was not moving, they could not getting the voting machines to start," West said.
KRIS Communications Chief Engineer Steve West, who lives in precinct 40 tells us that after about 45 minutes of waiting the polling place turned to "Plan B."
"It was late getting started so we went ahead and started with the paper ballots," Suzanne Johnson said.
Johnson is the election judge at this voting station, she said, this was the best option while waiting for tech support.
Suzanne said, they went to the emergency paper ballots for about an hour before the machines were back up and running. Still some voters said they just don't trust them.
"Who's going to cast that for me, I'm not putting my trust in anyone else this is an extremely important election.," Millard said.
Johnson said, although some voters like Millard are skeptical all of the ballots whether electronic or paper will be counted.
"They're going with me up to the courthouse, I promise any paper ballot that got done will get where it needs to go," Johnson said.
Meanwhile, technicians were able to fix the problem, "It was just a real weird little glitch in one of the machines that was throwing them all off," Johnson said.
While, Johnson doesn't know how many voters left and never came back to vote, she said the machines are up and running and the voting location will be open until 7 PM.
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