Clark County voters report problems at the polls

Nov 6, 2012

Voters have reported problems at polls in Park County, which opened at 7 a.m today.

David Koch of Big Horn News Network says poll workers told him that several ballot machines in Cody had not been programmed when the polls were opened.

First Deputy County Clerk Mike DeMoney of Park County tells Wyoming Public Radio that’s not true, but that a few of the machines had been mistakenly programmed to an incompatible setting. DeMoney says the problem was fixed by 7:30 a.m.

Powell voter Scott Larsen told Koch that the ballot scanner was broken in his polling place. Larsen voted at around 7:05 and was told to place his ballot in a provisional receptacle. When asked whether he's confident his vote was counted properly, Larsen replied, "I’m not even confident that I voted the correct ballot.”

County Clerk Deputy DeMoney confirmed that the scanner – one out of about 30 in the county – wasn’t working properly at the start of the morning. He says the problem was also fixed by 7:30.

DeMoney says the ballots were kept secret and secure until they could be scanned properly.