Programming issue briefly forces Chambers County voters back to paper ballots
Voters in Chambers County briefly went back to voting on paper ballots Monday morning after a glitch was discovered in the county's voting machines.
The issue was actually discoveredd on Monday morning when Chambers County Clerk Heather Hawthorne was casting her own ballot and the voter next to her noticed that one of her votes was not filled in when she reviewed her electronic ballot Hawthorne told 12News on Tuesday.
An error in the voting machine programming by Election Systems & Software (ES&S) caused votes for one statewide court of appeals race not to be entered when a voter tried to vote straight ticket in either party according to a release from Chambers County.
Hawthorne immediately contacted ES&S to advise them of the issue and then contacted the Texas Secretary of State's office according to the release.
ES&S is the vendor that Chambers County contracts with to program their voting machines.
The Texas Secretary of State's office informed Hawthorne to create emergency paper ballots to continue voting until the problem could be fixed according to the release.
Moving temporarily to paper ballots in such a situation is standard protocol Hawthorne told 12News.
ES&S, which is based in Dallas, sent software to correct the issue and Hawthorne and her crew have been working to fix the issue Tuesday she told 12News.
Hawthorne told 12News that the machines in Baytown and Mont Belvieu have been fixed and that the machines in Anahuac and Winnie should be repaired by the end of the day Tuesday.
Early Voting Locations for Chambers County
Anahuac Annex Building
2128 SH 61
Anahuac, TX 77514
East Chambers County Courthouse Annex
Justice of the Peace, Pct . No. 1 Courtroom
211 Broadway Ave.
Winnie, TX 77665
West Chambers County Courthouse Annex
Justice of the Peace, Pct. No. 4 Courtroom
10616 Eagle Drive
Mont Belvieu, TX 77580
Cedar Bayou Community Building
Justice of the Peace, Pct. No. 6 Courtroom
7711 Hwy 146
Baytown, TX 77520