Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Transition to Optical Scan Mostly Fine

One report out of Vernon about some problems with optical scan machines:
Some Vernon poll workers said that a line of voters was backed up at the District 3 polling place at Rockville High School almost immediately after polls opened at 6 a.m., when the new optical scanning machine wouldn't take the new paper ballots being handed in by voters.

That backed up the line even further, and some people left without voting, according to poll workers. (J-I)

But for the most part things seem to be going okay out there. No major glitches have been reported in Connecticut yet.
Tolland was having a smooth first experience with the new optical scanning machines as well.

"People seem to like it," said R. Michael Wyman, the town's Democratic registrar of voters.
At East Hartford's Anna E. Norris Elementary School, moderator Beth Harlow reported no problems as a steady stream of voters went through at 8 a.m.

"It's a new system, and people have questions, but I don't think that's a problem," Harlow said. (J-I)

Polling across the rest of the country is not going so smoothly, according to many, many reports.

"Early Turnout Brisk." Journal-Inquirer 7 November, 2006.

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