Garland County Runs Into Vote Machine Trouble

May 21, 2014

Too few voting machines and untimely breakdowns led to long lines at two Garland County polling locations, and some voters walked away without casting ballots.

Garland County Election Commission chairwoman Ginna Watson says one Hot Springs polling site on Central Avenue had a printer problem Tuesday that slowed the pace of voting.

Watson told The Sentinel-Record there were machine issues at most precincts. One polling site on Malvern Avenue had only one voting machine all day.

Watson says machines were distributed based on past voting patterns in which about half of voters cast early ballots. Unexpectedly, only about 6 percent of voters voted early and election workers weren't ready for the relatively heavy turnout Tuesday.

Officials say the long lines led some voters to leave rather than wait.