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Voting machines to be ready in time for Primary

An error by a Nebraska company in the programming of some of Harrison County’s voting machines is expected to be resolved before Tuesday’s Primary Election.
Circuit Clerk Sherry Brown said Monday that the memory packs used in the machines to tally the votes are to be reprogrammed by Election Systems and Software and returned to her before voting starts at 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Election Systems ‘assured me that they will be back in time,’ Brown said.
The mistake was discovered last week during a public testing of the voting equipment, Brown said.
The error involves 13 memory packs used in the voting machines to count the votes. Brown said the memory packs are the ones for polling places where two precincts vote. In Harrison County, there are eight polling sites where voters from two precincts vote.
Election Systems also failed to send one other memory pack that is needed for next week’s election.
Brown sent the incorrect memory packs to the Omaha company by overnight service to give them as much time as possible to rectify the problem.
Election Systems, which has done work for previous elections in Indiana, is under investigation by Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita for problems Harrison and other counties have experienced this spring. Some complaints received by Rokita include the unacceptable length of time it took to get printed ballots and incorrect printing of the ballots.
As reported in this newspaper last week, Harrison County’s ballots were printed incorrectly. Brown said the county seal, which was omitted, will be hand-stamped by employees in the clerk’s office, and the box for poll workers to initial was printed on the back of the ballots, instead of the front.
Besides talking about the glitch with the ballots, Brown wanted to remind voters to remember to have a photo ID with them when they go to vote Tuesday.
Persons who are unable to get to their polling place Tuesday between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. can go to the Harrison County Circuit Clerk’s office today (Wednesday), Thursday, Friday or Monday to vote by absentee ballot. Brown said registered voters can also do that between 8 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. The office will also be open Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for the same purpose.

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