8:39 PM EST, November 6, 2012
Hamilton County, Ind.
Half of Hamilton County's 200 polling places opened late for Election Day, creating longer lines and even some frustrated voters.
"I don't mind waiting a half an hour, but beyond that it's a little aggravating," said voter George Zourdos.
"We didn't get the start that we would have liked," said Kathy Richardson, Hamilton County’s election administrator said.
Richardson said cards used to clear tallies from machines before voting begins were not programed correctly.
"Half of them we done off of one machine, half were done off another machine and the other machine was not in our election cycle so, it didn't reset those cards," said Richardson.
The problem led to many polling sites opening late. One of them opened an hour and a half after the polls opened at 6 a.m.
Richardson said it was a human error, not the machines.
"It was an error we corrected it as soon as we could and we're moving forward. When you are in a county of this size with 190,000 registered voters, I'm guessing we'll have a 70 to 80 percent turnout,” said Richardson. “In normal elections around here we have 10 to 20 percent, so you just try to do the best you can with what you got."
The delay did not help already long lines at polling places like one in Fishers and off Hazel Dell Parkway.
Liz Hedges tried to vote two other times at Northview Church.
"I tried to come this morning without my kids,” said Hedges. “I came here about 7:10 a.m. and the lines were out the door so I tried to come back about 10 with my kids and the people said the lines were an hour to an hour and a half long."
Hedges finally got to vote around 2 p.m.
Forty-nine of Indiana's 92 counties use the same voting machine as Hamilton County.
Microvote reported no issues with their machines in any other county.