Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Early Morning Problems in Hawkins County Now Under Control and Corrected: Go Vote!

The Kingsport Times News is reporting voting machine problems in some Hawkins County precincts.

At noon Mt. Carmel precinct had 4 of 5 machines operating and reported a technician was in route.

Carters Valley had machine malfunctions early and voted about 30 paper ballots until coming fully on line at about 9:00 a.m.

Turnout is reported steady even in light of early morning rain. Broken clouds and some sun appeared about 10:00 a.m. Weather Channel doppler radar shows east-bound showers between Crossville and Knoxville.

Election Commission staff members report the machine problems have been or are being corrected and should others arise, short, simple paper ballots are available. This should not effect lines or voting times. It may slow the reporting of results once the polls close after 8:00 p.m. this evening.

The early morning issues do not appear to have disenfranchised any prospective voter.

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