Election officials say so far, so good. Volunteer poll monitors have been out in force all over the state trying to assist with a smooth election. So far no one’s reporting major problems.
Inez Robinson has voted in every election since she got the right to vote half a century ago. She cast her ballot on an optical scan voting system and says it was easy.
Inez says, “The state should have the same form of voting instead of all this other touch and what-have-you.”
Volunteers from the Election Protection Coalition have had monitors at polls all over the state, including counties with those controversial touch screen systems. Sharon Lettman-Pacheco says they’re trying to head off any repeats of prior election debacles.
Sharon says, “We’ve done everything from contacting police and sheriff’s departments to find out if they had any checkpoints prepared for today and where the traffic stops were. We’ve done everything from having our poll monitors out as early as 6:30 to verify that polls opened. The issue on everyone’s mind is whether the November election will go well. The primary is providing a good indication of what works and where they need help.”
There has been some confusion over changes in polling locations, especially in some hurricane damaged counties where voting locations were moved. State Elections Chief Dawn Roberts says she’s only gotten one report of a poll opening late.
“They had a problem getting the door unlocked, but as far as people waiting in line, the doors not opening such as we had unfortunately in 2002, to my knowledge that is not occurring,” Roberts says.
They will be holding their breaths until all the votes are counted. Election officials say they won't know until Wednesday how voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary compares to previous years, but historically, primary turnout tends to be low.