Some voters reported problems with new e-poll voter signature books at a handful of precincts on Tuesday morning. Officials said that, as always, when voters check in, the poll workers check their names against the voter registration information. The e-poll books were supposed to make that process easier, and officials said they do when they work. Problems were reported to WLWT News 5 by voters at more than a half-dozen different locations by 7:30 a.m. Some voters said that workers stopped allowing voting to take place, while others said workers stacked the completed voting sheets to wait for further word on what to do.
WLWT News 5’s Andrew Setters said that at the Evanston Recreation Center, the electronic books were not working. Setters said voters’ names were being looked up manually on paper rolls, as in past elections. A similar issue was reported at a Brown County polling place.
Tim Burke of the Hamilton County Board of Elections said that at last count, 10 of about 560 precincts had problems that forced workers to use paper rolls. Another handful had trouble connecting the e-poll tablets to printers, Burke said.
Authorities said training was the issue in most of the problems.