Minimal problems reported at South Mississippi voting polls

Problem at Pass poll involved a wrong cord

rfitzgerald@sunherald.comJune 24, 2014 

Only a few problems were reported at voting precincts in the southernmost counties Tuesday during the state's Republican primary run-off for a U.S. Senate seat.

At least a couple of machines in Harrison County malfunctioned.

The biggest glitch occurred at the East Pass Christian precinct, where poll workers realized they had no key to the ballot bin. Ballots were placed in a manila folder for several hours until Harrison County Circuit Clerk Gayle Parker arrived.

Parker said the ballots were put in a secure area and the machine was switched out, but that didn't fix the problem. Officials later realized the cord to a touchscreen was plugged into the wrong equipment.

Voting was brisk there, Parker said, and residents had the choice to vote by paper ballot or touchscreen, but most wanted to use the touchscreen.

Parker said her office was glad to help party members resolve the problem.

"We want everyone to know their vote counts," Parker said.

No significant problems at the polls were reported from Hancock or Jackson counties.

The Secretary of State's Office reported most complaints statewide involved voters who didn't understand if they voted in the Democratic primary, they couldn't cross over and vote in the Republican primary run-off.

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