November 4th, 2008
08:40 AM ET
14 years ago

Forgotten, wet ballots slow down voting in North Carolina

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Raleigh scanners are having trouble handling ballots that are wet from rain dripping off of soaked voters."]
Raleigh, NC (CNN) – A soggy and delayed start to the voting day in a Raleigh, North Carolina, precinct, after some confusion at the polling station. Wake County Board of Elections director Cherie Poucher reported there were problems this morning at the Barwell Road Community Center (formerly the Ebenezer Church Road precinct). She confirmed that the chief judge forgot to take the ballots out of her grandson's truck when being dropped off this morning. The elections director says the truck drove away, and the judge wasn't able to track down her grandson. The Board of Elections delivered new ballots and voting began at 7:06am, 36 minutes behind schedule. Approximately 300 people were waiting in line.

"When the board meets today, I expect that they will vote to keep the precinct open an additional 36 minutes," Poucher added.

Rain has also been a factor this morning in Wake County, North Carolina. Soaking voters dripped water onto their ballots as they were filling them out, causing problems for the optical scanners.

"When we put the ballot through the scanner it is soggy and doesn't go through," Poucher said. "One ripped and got stuck when the voter tried to get it out." The scanner then had to be taken out of service.

Poucher said voters with soggy ballots were being asked to deposit them in the emergency ballot box. When they are dried and the scanners are back up and running, the ballots will be put through the optical scanners, the official added.

Poucher said that voters will not be inconvenienced because of this situation.

Filed under: Voter Problems
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Laverne

    Why can't American get it right, we have had 2 years to prepare for this day, geezz!

    November 4, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. inthebasement

    Maybe trea the "problem" voting sites like a cancer.Burn 'em!!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  3. LeWanda F.

    I agree. I hope they are still legible and not ruined.

    November 4, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
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