Election observers who are suing the state to switch to hand-marked paper ballots said some poll workers stumbled with the voting system.
They said a poll worker struggled to import votes from memory cards, and scanners sometimes wouldn’t accept ballots on the first try. A couple of touchscreens temporarily stopped working, and a technician had difficulties opening a ballot box.
“If we were doing a few counties at a time with this kind of startup, this would be expected and manageable. But trying to do all 159 counties at the same time is just asking for trouble,” said Marilyn Marks of the Coalition for Good Governance, a plaintiff in the paper ballots lawsuit. “It doesn’t look doable to me without a lot of chaos.”
Raffensperger said none of the issues prevented anyone from voting in the special election, and all counties will soon have the equipment they need for early voting to begin March 2.
More than 80% of counties have received all their equipment, and deliveries are scheduled for completion by Feb. 14.