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Randolph County, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Are Election Officials Ready for Election Day

October 24, 2006 -- Posted at 5:22 p.m. CDT

RANDOLPH COUNTY, AR -- In fourteen days residents in Region 8 will be heading to the polls to cast ballots in the November 8th election.

In the days after the May 23rd primary, numerous problems came to light dealing with the new I-Vote-Tronic voting machines.

"We had a few glitches to begin with in the primary... some machines wouldn't open, you know, we just had the normal beginning glitches," said Lawrence County Clerk Tina Stowers.

"During the primary we had mainly opening and closing problems.  Now, we've had better training and we've had all our equipment to practice on, so I don't think we'll have that problem this time," said Randolph County Clerk Janis Mock.

Randolph and Lawrence counties are just two of the counties in Region 8 that experienced problems during the primary election.  Since then, they've been working to perfect the system, especially when training the poll workers.

"It was all new to them.  I showed them pictures, but you can't train looking at pictures," said Mock.

Because they know what their problem areas are, election officials have been focusing on providing extra training.

"Just last week we had a training session, we had over 100 people coming.  Our election workers are very diligent they came out and participated," said Mock.

    

Lawrence County Clerk Tina Stowers is taking an extra step to make sure things run smoothly in November.

"We have someone from ES & S coming this week to make sure all of the machines are working properly, because we do want that to happen on election day," said Stowers.  

For more information on voting on the electronic voting machine or to see if you are registered to vote you can log onto the Secretary of State website:  www.sos.arkansas.gov

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