Election Problems in Crittenden County

MAY 23, 2006 - Posted at 2:13 p.m. CST

MARION, AR - Problems with new electronic touch-screen voting machines are the cause for headaches among election officials in Crittenden County today.

Deputy County Clerk Anita Griffin says she received problem calls from several precincts this morning because poll workers could not get their touch-screen machines running.  She says a technician was helping poll workers.

Otherwise, the secretary of state's office says primary voting in Arkansas is going well and that minor problems are being overcome at polling stations.

Deputy Secretary of State Jane Harris says support technicians are in each county and ready to help poll workers with the new touch-screen machines.

Pulaski County Elections Director Susan Inman said there have been problems with the new machines' external printer, which prints the totals at the end of the day.  But Inman says the problems are being fixed and the hitch should not hinder voting counting tonight.

Washington County Clerk Karen Pritchard says the new machines are receiving rave reviews from voters.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)