Voters encounter problems at the beginning of Election Day

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Thousands of people are still heading to the polls for today’s election but casting ballots has been rough for some voters around the metro.

Early morning voters waited in line to cast their ballots at the Golden Key Community Center, in Jackson but some got upset when the polls didn’t open until close to 7:10 a.m.

“Once we got inside, I had a complaint. I was like this is unacceptable. The polls are suppose to open at 7.”

Mona Harris says when she went to speak with the polling manager, things got heated.

“He told me that he opens the polls when he gets ready and it was on his time,” said Harris.

Harris says she and other voters, stood in line early to cast their votes before heading to work.

“This is a very important election. We have people that’s trying to vote before they go to work. If the polls are not open on time, then they just might detour them, and they just might turn around and not vote at all,” said Harris.

Voters at the fire station on Flag Chapel Road also ran into some problems.

The scanners at the polling place stopped working as doors early Tuesday.

“One went down and another went down. We had to turn them off, boot them back up and that made the lines long,” said Charity Cannon, the polling manager.

The poll manager says this is the second largest precinct in the area.

“We take up all of Presidential Hills. We take up part of Northside Drive, Dixie, Shell Rock. We take up all of those people,” said Cannon.

Cannon says they called the tech to get the scanners back up and running.

She says the best thing poll workers can do is stay calm if something happens.

“You can’t panic. You just have to do what you can to make it work,” said Cannon.

WJTV reached out to the election commissioner about the incident at Golden Key Community Center but we have not heard back at this time.



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