MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Voters headed to the polls on Super Tuesday looking to help decide who will be running in the November Presidential Election.
But things didn’t go as smoothly as some voters would have liked.
“Were there problems?”
“Oh, yes. My name was not on there. It’s supposed to be back at Germantown Presbyterian. I’m calling the Election Commission. This is ridiculous,” said voter Kaye Dewitt.
“They ran my drivers license and said ‘you need to be at Dogwood’. So, I came over here, and they said ‘you need to go back over to Houston Middle’,” added Jim Daniels.
John Joplin, who’s been an election worker for 20 years, told WREG there are bound to be issues.
“It’s all about how quickly you can fix them.”
“We were a little short on machines,” said Joplin. “We let the Election Commission know and they brought some extra machines out here.”
Dogwood Elementary wasn’t the only precinct where voters were unhappy with the number of machines available.
Two precincts we visited had only two machines.
One had four, but only after workers requested more be brought in.
“Sometimes when it’s inconvenient people don’t want to do it.”
Two voters we talked to said poll workers were confused about where they were supposed to vote.
“My person that I wanted to vote for is not going to get my vote today, because I don’t have enough time!” said Dewitt.
Robert Meyers with the Election Commission insists there’s a method to avoid madness.
They use an allocation process which determines the number of machines for each precinct.
“It’s typically somewhere around one machine for every 750 voters,” he said.
Warren Crain told us he had a hard time even finding the entrance to his precinct let alone casting his vote.
“This was not marked quite as good as I’d have liked for it to have been. If my wife didn’t have her phone we might not have found where it was.”
The shortage of machines may have caused long lines at the polls in the evening. Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett reported some Shelby County precincts still had voters in line almost an hour after polls closed.
Shelby County still has voters in line at some precincts. It will be awhile before they report their early voting totals. #GoVoteTN
— Tre Hargett (@sectrehargett) March 2, 2016