Election officials expected a larger than usual turnout for today’s general election — and that has been the case at polls across the county — but officials say there have been only minor problems at a couple of precincts thus far.
Many people stopped to vote on their way to work in the morning and at some of the county’s 26 precincts, those who showed up shortly after the polls opened at 6 a.m. found lines a little longer than usual, said Clark County Clerk Anita Jones. Despite the lines, the wait to vote was only a few minutes.
A couple of precincts had a few early glitches, but those were addressed quickly, Jones said.
“The only real problem was at the Victory and VanMeter precincts where the paper ballots for the two precincts were switched in the machines,” Jones said. “That was fixed by 6:15 this morning, but it caused a little bit of a back-up and a few people left mad because they didn’t want to wait a few minutes to vote. There was still one machine working but it took a little bit longer until the paper ballots were switched.”
There was also a glitch at the Rennick precinct at Strode Station Elementary School when some of the ballots would not scan because part of the bar code had been torn off when they were taken out of the book, Jones said, but that was also corrected quickly.
“The problems we’ve had this morning have been people problems — human error — we’ve not had any problems with the machines at all,” Jones said. “As far as lines at the polls, there are always lines early in the morning and late in the afternoon, so you have to plan accordingly.”
During the last general election, which included a presidential election, four years ago, 76 percent of the county’s voters turned out and Jones said it could be even higher this year, so people need to be patient if there are lines at thier voting places.
Polls close at 6 p.m. Anyone who is already in line at a voting place at 6 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
Anyone who arrives after 6 p.m. will not be allowed to vote, Jones said.
Election results will be posted on The Winchester Sun website at www.winchestersun.com shortly after the votes are tabulated.
Full election coverage will be in Wednesday’s print edition of the Sun.
Contact Bob Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.