New voting system procedures hard on poll workers in Connecticut

The Waterbury Connecticut Republican American newspaper offers this story, “Voting machines hardest on poll workers.” The story reported:

“The voting went just fine,” said Litchfield’s Democratic Registrar Marie H. Wallace, “but our people are complaining about the paperwork. It’s just too much.”

A welter of new and sometimes-confusing instructions, plus extensive reporting requirements from each town using the optical scan machines, delayed the final tally from some towns. Litchfield registrars worked into the night and Wednesday to compile vote totals. One holdup came from confusion about how to close and lock the computerized scanner after the polls closed.

Part of the overload was caused by an unexpectedly high turnout in many municipalities. A near-constant line formed outside the Litchfield Fire House over the 14-hour voting period. Salisbury, another town using the new technology, reported the highest number of voters ever for a midterm election.

Ironically, Connecticut’s biggest technical problem in Tuesday’s election was a human error involving the old lever machines in West Hartford. It was discovered shortly after the polls opened there that two machines listed the wrong names for candidates running for state representative in the 18th District.

The problem was corrected, but 28 votes were nullified as a result.