Franklin County, Ohio, which incorporates the town of Columbus, will use paper ballot books to examine voters in in the present day, Franklin County Board of Elections Public Information Officer Aaron Sellers advised CNN.
The resolution to make use of paper ballot books as a substitute of their digital ballot e book system was made at 5:30 a.m. native time, he mentioned, as a result of there was bother updating the digital ballot e book system after yesterday’s early voting concluded, Sellers mentioned.
Early voting ended within the county at 2 p.m. yesterday, however due to lengthy traces, Sellers mentioned they weren’t completed with voting till about 3:30 p.m. After voting concluded, there was bother updating the digital ballot e book file, Sellers mentioned. “There was an issue where we couldn’t determine that 100 percent of it was downloaded onto poll pads. Because of that, we decided to go with paper poll books,” in the present day, Sellers mentioned.
This resolution applies to the entire county’s polling areas, Sellers mentioned.
Poll staff are educated on paper ballot books, and contingency plans had been made to have the ability to use paper ballot books if wanted, he mentioned. Sellers doesn’t anticipate that this will negatively impression voting in the present day. He mentioned it would “slow things down a bit,” but in addition famous that about 50 p.c of registered voters within the county have already voted.
“Up until three or four years ago, that’s what we used to do, we used to have paper poll books,” Sellers mentioned. “We’re going old school I guess.”
The Ohio secretary of state mentioned Franklin County will use paper ballot books in the present day “due to the large amount of early voting. This happens occasionally and is something the boards were directed to prepare for,” in a tweet.