Still Growing Pains with New Voting Method

There were some problems with the start of voting Tuesday in Kemper County.

"It was very confusing. Everybody got to the polls and the machines could not be opened up because no keys were sent out," said Barbara Sanders of the Kemper County Republican Party.

Because keys to open the voting machines were not included in the machines' kits, reports came in that none of the polling places Kemper County had machines up and running until about 8:30 a.m. During that time, voters used paper ballots.

Although election officials say they are confident in the validity and integrity of the paper ballot votes, they say problems with the electronic scanning process later in the evening created more concerns about the still-new electronic voting method.

"My personal opinion is that the system that we had prior to what we have now worked very well, particularly with state elections," said Marvin Wiggins
of the Kemper County Democratic Party. "We had to use the previous scanner ballots and we were through around 9:30 or 10 p.m."

For Tuesday's election, it was about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Meanwhile, election officials say they expect to have all votes in Kemper County certified by Thursday.

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