Marion County officials are facing widespread problems bringing new electronic voting machines online this morning.
County Clerk Doris Ann Sadler said the problems involve about half of the county’s 914 precincts. The problem, she said, is that poll workers have forgotten how to start and run the machines.
Paper ballots are being used where machines are not working, the clerk said. She said 50 technicians are going from precinct to precinct to get the machines working. That process, she said, will take several hours to complete.
Sadler said she expected some problems and does not see serious issues at this point because people can still vote.
This is really sad. The machines aren't that complicated.
UPDATE: You're not going to believe this. Matt Tully is reporting that Rep. Julia Carson's first ballot had to be voided this morning by election workers because she filled in her party's symbol rather than the corresponding oval. This woman has been running for political office for decades and has served as a precinct committeeperson and still hasn't figured out how to cast a straight party ballot? Unbelievable. If she can't cast a simple election ballot correctly, how can she cast the thousands of votes she must make as a member of Congress on matters important to the voters of her district? A WTHR videotape of Carson voting this morning shows Carson unable to vote without the assistance of another person. This isn't even funny. Why is the media covering up her true condition?