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Oklahoma elections: No major voting machine problems crop up

Election officials said the voting process was relatively smooth voting using voting machines in Oklahoma elections.
BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Published: June 26, 2012

Oklahoma's new voting system operated with no major problems Tuesday, a state election board official said.

The state Election Board replaced its optical scanner devices last year, and this is the fourth time the $16.7 million voting system has been used.

Minor upgrades have been made to the system, but it has operated well in previous special elections and the presidential primary.

“Overall, the machines have been counting ballots correctly since the time we launched them, so it doesn't surprise me that they have been working well today (Tuesday),” Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said.

He said only minor problems were noted such as a tape printer on a scanner getting jammed or machines that were difficult to start in the morning.

A McClain County Election Board official said workers at First Baptist Church in Washington experienced a “glitch” with a voting machine, but the machine was switched out in a matter of a few minutes.

Balloting began a few minutes late Tuesday at Faith Pointe Baptist Church in Norman when poll workers could not find a key to the ballot box.

Election Board Secretary Jim Williams said workers allowed people to go ahead and mark their ballots, which were put in an envelope and watched over by a precinct worker until a key to the ballot box could be dispatched to the location.

Contributing: Staff Writer Jane Cannon