Improperly Coded Machines To Blame For Denton Co. Early Voting Issues

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DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Eleven of 22 electronic voting machines in Denton County were improperly coded for election day, not early voting. The glitch raised questions and led to concerns about the equipment.

However, “Overall the problem has been fixed,” according to Denton County Republican Party Chairman, Lisa Hendrickson.

The county uses a direct recording electronic voting system called a Hart Intercivic eSlate machine (or Hart) where the voter turns a Select Wheel and pushes a button to indicate his or her preferences. And for people who haven’t visited the polls in sometime, it may take getting used to.

“We have a lot of people voting in this election who haven’t voted in a long time and we’re hearing questions we’ve never heard before,” said Hendrickson.

Concerns about the integrity of ballots during the election process weren’t the only questions raised by some voters.

Hendrickson said some voters don’t realize early votes can only be cast electronically at any polling location in Denton County.

Voters who want a paper trial must request a paper ballot and can do so only on Election Day, November 8, 2016 at their polling location, in their precinct in which they are registered to vote.

They can click here to find out which precinct location they’re required to vote in on Election Day. Or, they can call 940.349.3200 for more information.

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