Eleven voting centers in Mobile County reported issues with electronic ballot scanners during Tuesday’s primary election. Most of those voting centers were in the south or west parts of the county, according to Roxann Dyess, county election coordinator. Generally, the precincts reported issues with some of the ballots fed into the scanners, although 1 — the Odd Fellows Lodge in Irvington — was unable to scan any of the ballots cast, she said late Tuesday. The ballots that weren’t electronically scanned were placed into secure emergency bins, to be collected by deputies and Probate Court staff, Dyess said. She described the issue as being one where the machines accepted the ballots as they were physically fed into them by poll workers, but then displayed error messages that prohibited the ballots from being counted.
“We’re just very puzzled,” she said. Election officials have been in contact with the manufacturers of the machines, Dyess said. No estimate was available regarding how many ballots were affected, as they had to be manually counted after being collected by authorities Tuesday evening, she said. Mobile County, which has more than 255,000 registered voters, operated 98 voting centers staffed with about 850 poll workers Tuesday, Dyess said.