Va. Some precincts switch to paper ballots
A handful of the state's 2,300 precincts were forced to switch to paper ballot today because of a variety of problems with the electronic machines.
The problems varied at locations across the state. Among them: Workers couldn't enter one precinct because keys didn't work so they set up shop outside. Power outages. Equipment failure. A voter jammed a machine when the person used hand sanitizer available at the precinct to help prevent the spread of H1N1 flu.
Affected localities include the counties of Loudoun, Chesterfield and York as well as Bristol and Suffolk.
Nancy Rodrigues, secretary at Virginia State Board of Elections, said all problems were minor and quickly resolved.
In addition, a few voters had registration problems when they appeared in the electronic poll log as absentee voters, and one of the political parties passed out sample ballots that did meet color regulations, Rodrigues said.
November 3, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , Election 2009
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