LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas has had five statewide elections since it began to introduce electronic voting machines, and officials at Arkansas secretary of state's office say they expect few problems in the state presidential primary on February 5.
Early voting starts January 29.
Many Arkansans still will not vote on the new machines. For the February 5 election, 47 of the state's 75 counties are to have the electronic machines in place as the primary voting method. The other counties are to have at least one of the electronic machines in place as the primary voting method. The other counties are to have at least one of the electronic touch-screen machines at each polling place. Voters in those counties will be given the option of using paper ballots, which will be tabulated using optical scanning machines.
The state began to adopt the electronic voting machines so it would be in compliance with the Help America Vote Act of 2002. The legislation grew out of the 2000 presidential election and the Florida re-count of punch-card ballots.