Voting Problems, Fraud, Scandals Plague Polling Places Across America: Indiana. Part 2
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Voting Problems, Fraud, Scandals Plague Polling Places Across America: Indiana. Part 2


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INDIANA – November 19, 2018

It was the same Greenwood where residents had to wait 2.5 hours to cast their ballot at the voting center east of Greenwood.

Kathy Feldhake is outraged that so many people lost the chance to vote in the election because of a widespread technology glitch with the voting system the county uses, she said. The long lines forced some people to leave the centers before voting.

She's retired, “thankfully,” she said. But so many people just left without casting a ballot because they had to get back to work.

"And they wonder why Johnson County has such low voter turnout. This is a perfect example," Feldhake said. "It's not the poll workers' fault. They were sweet as can be. It’s the powers that be."

At one point they considered an emergency court order to extend voting hours past 6 p.m. in Johnson County but decided against the extension when the election equipment vendor fixed the problem.

"There's not a backup? Really? That's what I don’t understand. There are no paper ballots now," Feldhake said.

Zach Stevenson of Franklin waited in line for two hours this afternoon until he had to leave to go back to work.

When he came back to the Franklin Parks and Recreation Center, he was able to check-in, vote and leave in about 10 minutes. Other voters reported similar wait times of 10 to 15 minutes at about 4 p.m.

"It makes you feel like you don't have a voice," said Andrew Littleton of Franklin.

And in Franklin it was really unclear why there were long lines. Voting machines seemed to be working properly and no other technical problems were identified.

In Elkhart County, several ballots were stuck in voting machines and election workers had to spend a whole day retrieving them. To solve the problem, Elkhart County Clerk Chris Anderson had to return to the polling station on Wednesday morning when it re-opened to access the voting machine. He retrieved the card with some effort to activate the button. Anderson then returned the card to the Election Board office in Goshen and secured it.

And in Lafayette City, machines didn't just break down, ballots didn’t just get stuck, but poll workers threw out the card before the machine counted its votes, erasing all the information on the card.

Such a negligent attitude almost cost the complete annulment of the data of many voters who came on Election Day to cast their votes.

Meanwhile, crowds gathered and waited for election results in the Tippecanoe Room at the County Building, often asking why it took so long to count the votes.

As it turned out later, the voting machines stored their data in a cache, and election workers successfully downloaded the voters' selection from the backups onto a card, Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey said.

That is, it would seem that all the problems were resolved quickly but they wouldn’t have happened in the first place if the polling staff had handled their work carefully and had checked the premises at the polling stations and the voting machines themselves in advance.

There were also problems with delays during the voting when the networks connecting the vote centers were unable to accept a large mass of people.

"There are always hiccups, and we experienced some of those with the connection limitations in the morning," Anderson said.

The county's 27 vote centers relied on wireless technology to remain updated on the voters who checked-in to vote. The real-time data provided a security feature to help prevent election fraud.

But some glitches created a drag, where instead of continuous information, the data would update after a couple of minutes, which affected how fast workers could sign in voters.

"It was a slowdown in communication," Anderson said.

As for the long lines, in one of the center even after 6 p.m., there were many people who wanted to vote. This was due to the fact that instead of the announced two neighboring polling stations, only one was opened.

There was also a big scandal in Howard County after it became known that County Commissioner Tyler Moore prohibited Democrats from legally distributing election information more than 50 feet from the vote center.

According to the law on voting, on election day, in particular, it is prohibited to conduct any campaign activities, but you can distribute any election information.

At one point, two demonstrators were seen outside the Carver Community Center where signs aimed at Moore were displayed. One protester was Norris Jones, a Democratic candidate for Howard County Sheriff.

"Commissioner Tyler Moore was in charge of the Carver Center polling location as the official Poll Inspector. Due to Tyler Moore’s incompetence, Carver Community Center was the only polling location that failed to open on time, and voters lost valuable available time to vote," a statement from Howard County Democratic Party Chair Kathy Skiles said.

"This egregious failure is suspicious, especially because it is not the only example of how Tyler Moore failed to follow the law and abused his position. Moore also attempted to illegally prohibit Democratic supporters from passing out handbills in front of Carver."

By the way, speaking of campaigning, in Allen County's officials even took care not to give people badges or "I Voted" stickers to generally discourage all suspicions and problems. For example, none of the 90,000 residents who cast ballots on Tuesday received an "I Voted" sticker.

On one hand this whole situation seems funny, and on the other it’s just stunning.

Authorities explained that the stickers are an extra costthat they couldn’t fit into the budget. But the county does give out 'I Voted Early' stickers — leading to a new divide.

"I promise I'll try," Dlug said. "I'll check costs."

If you look on eBay resources and, 500 stickers can be bought for less than $10. 100,000 would cost around $2,000.

Author: USA Really