Long lines, wrong ballots, and missing names at the polls. Many voters haven’t forgotten those and other problems faced during the 2014 elections. The Minnehaha County Election Review Committee hopes to fix those issues with a list of guidelines they hope will prevent a repeat with future elections. The committee took a vote on several recommendations to prevent more problems at the polls. Voter Theresa Stehl said “we’ve had voting centers moved about with every election. We’ve had reports of absentee ballots being sent to the wrong person, people don’t know where they’re supposed to be voting, so i’m really glad we’re taking a look at this.”
Voter Scott Ehrisman said “I’ve been voting absentee here at the administration building for probably the last five years simply because I don’t know where to go vote, and where my precinct is because it changes so much.”
A recent change in election technology also requires changing the color of the ballot stamps used by poll workers.
Pennington County Auditor Julie Pearson said “if it violates any of the read areas on a ballot, the scanners were picking that up, because we were using red ink, which we had used on the older scanners and we were using that red ink and it violates it, so the scanner was spitting the ballot out.”
Full Article: Election Review Committee completes recommended guidelines.