Floyd County asks for additional voting machines amid long lines

Floyd County asks for additional voting machines amid long lines
Christy Eurton (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Christy Eurton (Source: WAVE 3 News)
More voters waiting to get into a polling place. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
More voters waiting to get into a polling place. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Some voters finally reach the front of the line to cast their ballots. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Some voters finally reach the front of the line to cast their ballots. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - Long lines and computer glitches led to frustrations at the polls in Floyd County.

A computer glitch limited the amount of voting facilities in Floyd County early Tuesday morning. By the afternoon, lines stretched into the night. Polls closed at 6 p.m., but voters were still waiting to cast their ballot around 7:30 p.m. at Georgetown Christian Church.

"Obviously to the voters, that's not an acceptable process," said Christy Eurton, the Floyd County Clerk. "We are assessing what went wrong and what went right. We are disappointed in early voting turnout."

Eurton claimed her office requested more voting machines than the county council approved.

"I went to the council earlier in the year and asked for 20 additional election machines and they only gave me ten," said Eurton. "I will be printing every e-mail and Facebook complaint so I can show the council these concerns."

According to the Floyd County Voter Registration, only six of the 11 polling locations were working when polls opened. By 9 a.m., each facility was working although some were at full capacity.

This was also the first year for early voting. According to Eurton only one in ten of Floyd County's registered voters took advantage of absentee ballots,

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