Jackson County precinct uses handwritten affidavit ballots

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Published: Aug. 6, 2019 at 4:50 PM CDT
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Jackson County, Miss., reported some voting problems at a precinct in Vancleave.

According to Jackson County Circuit Clerk Randy Carney, voters had to use paper ballots at the precinct on Ballpark Road due to issues with voting cards. Carney said the machines were kicking the voter cards out, saying 'no election' on the card.

"The Republican ballot is so long so it's probably taking a long time to vote on paper ballots," said Carney.

WLOX out to the Jackson County Election Commission, which is contracted by the county to run the general primary. A representative with the commission said that the three electronic poll books at the Vancleave South location were not working properly. The voter ballot is being kicked out by the electronic machines, said the representative.

The election commission tested all of the machines prior to Tuesday and they worked while in the commission’s office, said the representative, adding that he was not sure what happened once the machines were set up at the precinct.

Because of the malfunction, the election commission delivered more paper ballots to the polling location.

The wait times and the paper ballots caused some residents to get frustrated, according to one viewer who called WLOX. The man, who did not identify himself, said some voters got frustrated and left without signing the paper ballot, which is required in order for it to be cast as a vote.

WLOX has not received reports of any other issues at voting precincts.

Election day problems may be reported to the secretary of state’s office. You can also call the Mississippi Election Protection call center at 1-888-601-8683 with any election day questions or to report any problems at the polls.

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