Early Voting Begins

    12:38 PM, May 9, 2006   |    comments
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    Early primary voting begins Monday across the state and many county clerks spent the weekend dealing with continuing touch screen voting issues. The new machines are supposed to be convenient for voters with disabilities, make it easier to get quick results, and actually work. Even though they've arrived---they're not ready for Monday's voting. "We'd intended to have the touch screen units at our early voting centers but the programming was not complete in time; so we'll begin with paper ballots and transition to the touch screen as soon as they're available," said Susan Inman, Pulaski County Election Director. According to the Deputy Secretary of State eight counties in Arkansas' largest voting district were in limbo over the weekend---scrambling for equipment, software, and specialized electronic ballots---which were supposed to be delivered by the supplier. Yell and Perry counties got all they needed Saturday and are up and running Sunday. Conway, Faulkner, Saline, Ban Buren, and White were expecting Sunday deliveries. Pulaski is just relying on paper ballots--which they already had. The electronic machines were supposed to be ready and tested 2 weeks ago. "We're not getting a whole lot of answers and reasons; but we're not getting the software to test it," said Inman. "And when we finally did, we found errors, which is why we couldn't deploy it." The Deputy Secretary of State told Today’s THV equipment and software supplier they're working with has helped 47 other states with successful elections. She says their payment is tied to their performance. They will only get paid after a successful touch-screen election in November. Most polls open between 8:00 and 10:00 Monday morning...and remain open until 6:00pm. The actual primary election day is May 23rd.

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