New voter alert system causes confusion at polls

Ballot confusion through the day in Hamilton County

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A new system that alerts voters if they missed a race on their ballot was causing confusion in Hamilton County on Tuesday.

Issues were reported almost as soon as polls opened at 6:30 a.m., especially in downtown Cincinnati and Blue Ash.

“We’ve got quite a few calls on it this morning,”said Sherry Poland, director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

Scanners on voting machines are now programmed to alert voters if any contests were not completed, allowing them the chance to review their ballot and make changes before they cast it.

If voters do not want to make changes to their ballot, they can submit “as is” by pressing the “Cast Ballot” button, she said.

That doesn’t sound right to voter Kyle Fant.

He said the machines at the public library Downtown didn’t seem to be counting votes in one of the races for Common Pleas Court judge.

And, he claimed, poll workers told him it was a printing error.

“They were not super-confident the votes were being counted for that race by the machine,” he said. “They may have to do a hand count.”

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