Voting Problems Surface in Some Region 8 Counties

NOVEMBER 7, 2006 - Posted at 11:37 a.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - As Election Day dawned, about one-in-ten Arkansas voters had already cast ballots through early voting.  When the polls close at 7:30 p.m., attention will turn to county clerks in charge of counting the vote.

Calls to a number of counties this morning revealed no major problems, according to the Associated Press, though the clerk's office in Crittenden County says some paper ballots were cast early when poll workers had trouble getting the electronic machines started.  Meanwhile, K8 News has also been contacted about problems with electronic voting machines at at least three polling locations in Lawrence County, plus Jackson and Izard counties.

Secretary of State Charlie Daniels says he would be surprised if Arkansas had vote collection and counting problems similar to those in the May primary and June run-off.  New voting equipment, including touch-screen monitors, caused headaches for voters and clerks alike.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)