The first day of early voting started off to a less than smooth start in Nueces County. Computer glitches were reported at multiple polling locations. ?
The Nueces County Clerk says the issues were resolved by the end of the day, and extra workers went out to different polling locations to address problems.
Earlier in the day, hundreds of voters waited in line for hours Monday outside the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center on McArdle Road. Voters tell us the machines inside the location and others were down.
Early voting was to start at 8 a.m., yet many waited until 11 a.m. to cast a ballot, if at all.
Voting early is very important to Corpus Christi resident Kenneth Anthony. Its so important that he stood in line for more than two hours to do it.
"I got here about twenty minutes after 8, and finally got to vote about 10:45," he said.
The disabled 71-year-old says it was not an easy process.
"It was very exhausting. I found myself breathing to try to keep up with it," he said.
Voters at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center say voting machines were not functioning properly at three different times throughout the morning, and that the computers used to check people in were also not working right.
Voters had similar complaints at other polling places, saying voting started late at several sites. They also say machines stopped working at the Greenwood Senior Center.
"They said the machine wasn't working, but then they finally got them to work. They (other voters) went somewhere else I guess but if they were down, I understand they were down all over town," explained voter Miguel Rios.
Some voters decided they did not want to deal with delays, so they simply left without voting.
"Long lines, probably 200, maybe a little bit more," said voter Minerva Garcia. "And since we've got some health issues, it would be hard for us to stand there the length of time that it's probably going to take."
For those voters that left without casting ballots, Nueces County Clerk Kara Sands stresses that early voting goes through November 4th and there are more than two dozen locations that people can choose from.
As for why the delays occurred in the first place, Sands says although clerks had three weeks to train they still needed to work out some kinks on the first day of early voting.
"I think the first day of early and this new equipment, and some of our clerks they're a little nervous. So the pressure of getting it up and running on time, and did I do this right" Sands said about what caused the delays. "So let's be patient with them. They're doing good and people are voting, that's the important thing."
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