Problems at polling places on primary night in Lonoke County have many voters pushing for more training across the state. The Democratic Party of Arkansas has filed several complaints over issues there, with at least one more on its way from a former state lawmaker. The party first filed a lawsuit on election day, demanding all Lonoke County polling places remain open until 10 p.m., which was two and a half hours after they were supposed to close. Chief of Staff Taylor Riddle said Democrats could not vote for the first three hours of regular voting at the England Rec Center because machines were not set up and they had only Republican and non-partisan paper ballots. The Arkansas Supreme Court ultimately denied the party’s request so it filed a complaint with the State Board of Election Commissioners.
Democrats submitted two other complaints Wednesday. One claims voters were turned away because their driver’s licenses would not scan, while the second says inmates were transporting voting machines that had not been turned off and whose votes had not been counted.
These specific complaints did not come up during Wednesday night’s Lonoke County Election Commission meeting, but other issues did.
“It was almost like the blind leading the blind up here,” said Hon. Stubby Stumbaugh, the election commission’s chairman, during the meeting. “I am embarrassed by this process, not only this process but those people that are supposed to oversee this process.”