Election Delays Blamed on Equipment

Gray Says Voting Machines Showing Their Age; Voter Turnout Strong

RISON – Last Tuesday’s general election was the last time that retiring County Clerk Sharon Gray would have to oversee an election, but it is one she had just as soon forget.

Gray said her office was covered up with phone calls from poll workers across the county reporting various problems with their voting machines. And the problems didn’t end once the polls closed.

Gray said the Redland polling station at New Edinburg called in as the polls closed reporting that their voting machine would not shut down. She said they had to load that machine up and bring it back to the courthouse in order to get the Redland results.

And on top of that, when the electronic devices were plugged into the tallying equipment at the courthouse to calculate all the votes, it failed to work and Gray’s office was to tally all the votes by hand.

Gray said they finally got their results to the state shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Election day problems were not unique to Cleveland County as there were reports across the state of problems with voting machines.

To read the full article, see the Nov. 12, 2014 print or e-Herald edition of The Herald.

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