News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 6, 2012

Voting machine problems delay some Indiana voters

Associated Press

FISHERS, Ind. — Voting machine problems have caused delays and long lines in Hamilton County, a heavily populated Indianapolis suburb that’s a Republican stronghold.

County Election Administrator Kathy Richardson says about half of the county’s 150 polling places received incorrectly programmed cards used to clear tallies from machines before voting begins. She said those cards did not work because they had been set on a demonstration machine.

Once those cards were reprogrammed the machines worked fine. But Richardson says long lines had formed at several polling sites by then, and voters at a voting center in a high school faced a 30-minute wait to vote.

Richardson says the delays caused by fixing the problem made lines that were going to be long even longer. She calls it “a hard, hard lesson learned.”