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Craighead officials will ask voters to use paper ballots

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 7, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

JONESBORO, Ark. — Craighead County election officials will ask voters in Tuesday's primary runoff to use paper ballots when casting their votes.

Election Commission Chairman Scott McDaniel told The Jonesboro Sun ( ) that the request is due to a software issue. He says during a test of voting equipment in which 1,180 votes were cast — the software reported 1,060 votes for both Republicans and Democrats.

He says electronic voting machines could record the votes, but each ballot would have to be checked by hand to be sure correct totals are reported to the secretary of state and the results would be delayed.

McDaniel said there will be one electronic voting machine at each site to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but each voter will be asked to use paper.


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