Polling problems plagued some voters in Chesterfield, Henrico County

(WRIC) — The polls were only open for three hours when 8News received word of some technical problems at polling locations in Chesterfield and Henrico County.

Chesterfield County Registrar’s Office confirmed to 8News that the voter counter was down at GW Carter Middle School in Chester. The problem has since been fixed.

Chief Election Officer for Carter Julius Huggins says the machines would not take the ballots and that the automated part had to be replaced. This prompted them to use the emergency slot, meaning voters had to manually put their ballots into a secure place in the bottom of the machine.

Huggins says the votes are safe and will be counted — even the ones that had to temporarily be put in the emergency slot.

At Cosby High School, a temporary concern about whether scanners were properly reading ballots caused some voting delays. According the Chesterfield County’s registrar, an investigation revealed the ballots were being scanned properly. No further issues were reported at that location.

Problems also plagued voters at Longan Elementary in Henrico County. There was a small technical glitch in the system that looks up voter identities. Election officials had to go back and find people using a paper dictionary, causing delays and long lines. The problem has also been fixed.

If you see any problems at the polls, contact 8News at iReport8@wric.com.

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