JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Mississippians headed to the polls on Tuesday to vote in the General Election. Many voters have been met with long lines, and some in Hinds County have experienced technical issues.
Hinds County Election Commission officials said numerous precincts had to have additional ballots brought to them because more people showed up than expected.
“In the short time, let’s say about 45 minutes that I’ve been here, and they’ve run out of ballots, which I was told was around 11:30 this morning. And they just got to me in around 1:40 this afternoon, and they did deliver some that were shrink wrapped,” said Tiffany Leigh, a poll watcher at Wildwood Baptist Church.
Other issues included trouble working the new pollbooks and regular voters not showing up in the system.
“We’ve just been doing a lot of affidavits for people who aren’t showing up on the system, and some people just won’t show up at all, like even if they have been coming here for like years. Like, there have been some regulars I’ve seen come here before who I know vote at this precinct who just aren’t showing up,” said Drew Overton, a poll manager at Blackburn Middle School.
As voters went to submit their ballots into the machine at Chastain Middle School, some were met with an error message.
“They’re doing the best they can. Let me put it out there. Those workers are doing the best they can. But just leave my ballot, just lay it on the table, and I’m just not comfortable with that,” said Elizabeth McGee, who cast her ballot at Chastain Middle School.
“To eliminate risk of technical error, make sure to press ‘Cast’ when submitting your ballot into the machine,” said Hinds County District 1 Election Commissioner Kidada Brown.
Polling issues were also reported at Byram City Hall. The poll manager told WJTV 12 News that they had a slow start due to workers having to remember how to work the machines. The manager said they received new poll book machines and only had one hour of training nearly a month ago.
One machine at the location was not printing tickets, but the issue was resolved. The manager said they had 500 ballots that were not theirs, and the Hinds County Election Commissioner had to pick them up.
Polls will be open until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
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