WINK News learned about voting machine issues in Lee County during last week’s primary election.
Two precincts in Lee County had problems tabulating votes due to technical difficulties. The supervisor of elections said the issues did affect the vote counting process but did not affect the final tallies.
Precinct 512 in Buckingham and Precinct 517 in Alva were affected.
In one instance, service connectivity issues made sending votes back to the election center hard. Officials responded by physically taking their machines in, allowing the devices to connect and count the ballots as planned.
In the other situation, a bad thumb drive prevented the county from extracting votes. That issue was fixed when ballots were brought to the election center and tabulated in person.
Lee County Supervisor of Elections Tommy Doyle assured WINK News that these issues are routine and did not affect election results.
“We’ve had really good elections. We get our reporting out quickly, and our elections are accurate and transparent and secure,” said Doyle. “It’s a contingency we are always ready for. We know how to handle it.”
Doyle said they feel good about the primary election but believe general election night in November will run even more smoothly.