Voting problems? Depends on who you ask. - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Voting problems? Depends on who you ask.

 By Jon Kalahar - email

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - With such a huge voter turnout, the worry then becomes making sure problems within the voting process don't prevent voters from casting their ballot. But depending on who you talk to, the problems on election day have ranged from minor to unbelievable.

This "Protect the Vote '08" call center was organized to record problems voters were having casting their vote at the polls. Complaints range from poll workers asking for photo ID to names not appearing on voter rolls. That's what happened to Jackson resident Georgia Anderson.

"I went up this morning to vote and my name wasn't on the book, but they let me vote through an affidavit ballot," said Anderson.

Problems like Anderson's have been minor, but in some cases unbelievable.

"Widespread reports in six or seven counties of machines that actually change the vote," said Yumeka Rushing with Protect The Vote '08.

At the Secretary of State's office, Delbert Hosemann said his staff is staying on top of all problems reported to his office.

"Right now, we've had no issue at all about people not being able to vote and people should come vote," said Hosemann.

The Protect the Vote group sent several lawyers out to the polls to help resolve certain problems, but Hosemann said he has 125 technicians to help with any voting machine problems. He also said members of his staff and the Attorney General's staff were out across the state to take care of any issues that should arise.

"I rely more on what they're telling you then what somebody else is telling you. We sent ten lawyers out here to help one person - that may be true, but I think, quite frankly, we can handle it quicker than they can," said Hosemann.

The Protect the Vote initiative is expected to compile a report of the voting problems and release it next month.

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