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You Voted, What's the Problem?

November 8, 2006 - Posted at 3:15 p.m. CST

Region 8 -- The day after election, you want to know what the results are first thing. Who won, who lost, and what are the official results?

The problem is in some areas not all of the votes were counted until 4:30 a.m. Why? Lawrence County used electronic machines this year, but County Clerk, Tina Stowers says that wasn't the only problem.

"We had a few problems with the machines early on, but it was only minor. But we did have people still wanting to use the paper ballots, and we weren't equiped with a machine to count paper ballots. We had to do it all by hand, and it got tiresome but we got it done."

At 10:00 a.m. results were still unofficial in Lawrence Co.

Greene Co. Election Official Paulette Parker said they did what they could with the what little resources they had.

"When I came into this position, which wasn't long ago, they said we are going all electric and we had one month to train. But the problem is the only people who want to work the polls are 70 years old or older, everyone else is working. We needed more time to train."

It wasn't just the training, they had paper jams and not enough machines, which led to long lines.

"We really needed twice as many voting machines than what we had. The line would get so long, but we did what we could. Since we were all electric you just had to wait. People thought you could sign in get a ticket, leave and come back. It doesn't work like that."

Both counties said they dealt with what problems they had, and they can learn from them and the next election will be different. Your vote does count, no matter how long it takes to count it.

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