The Davidson County Election Commission voted Tuesday not to use electronic poll books for voting in November. The poll books, which were used to replace paper poll books recently in 60 of the county’s 160 voting precincts, have been at the center of criticism in the past week because some voters received the wrong ballots during the Aug. 2 primary. The commission had originally planned to use the new poll books in all 160 precincts for the Nov. 6 general election. But four of the five commission members voted Tuesday to revert back to the paper poll books for all precincts. The electronic poll books will be used only to help assist poll workers to help look up voter lists.
During the primary election last month, the electronic poll books were defaulting to the Republican primary if voters didn’t express a preference. Election administrator Albert Tieche has acknowledged that the machines were improperly programmed. The problem came to light after some voters, including Sheriff Daron Hall, an elected Democrat, disclosed that the new poll books resulted in them being given ballots for the Republican primary.