Hardin Co. voters voice concerns about electronic voting

Hardin County Republican's urge voters to use paper ballots in order to add an extra protection of your vote.

Hardin County Republican’s urge voters to use paper ballots in order to add an extra protection of your vote.

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump claims if he doesn’t win this election, it’s because it’s rigged.

“I wanted to make sure my vote gets cast the right way,” Terry Pfeffer, voter said.

She said some voters are choosing paper ballots to make sure their votes count.


“I think a lot of the older voters are afraid of the computers because they didn't grow up with them,” Pfeffer said. “I think that generation would use paper ballots. I think they would feel safer that way. I think it's harder to fool with a paper ballot than a computer.”

Hardin County Republican Janis Holt used to be an election judge. She said there have been a handful of minor voting problems in Hardin County this year but not to the extent of votes being switched from one candidate to another.  

“I think there's a lot of times where things happen with human errors or electronic things that sometimes get blown up on social media,” Holt said. “When in reality it's just something that can be easily corrected.”

Holt said everyone working the election is local and wants the best for voters, no matter which candidate you support. But even she urges voters to use paper ballots.

Jeannie Sasser said due to internet rumors of switched votes, the choice, between paper and electronic ballots, is one of comfort.

“I don't know that it is for sure but I've heard of (votes being switched) via social media,” Sasser said. “I'm not sure it makes a difference but go what ever you’re comfortable with in terms of paper or the machine.”

Pfeffer said a paper ballot doesn’t mean it’s fully protected.


“If they want to mess with it, it can be done,” Pfeffer said.

Holt said if you have a problem when voting, notify an election official immediately.   

And always double, triple check your ballot, whether it be paper or electronic, before submitting it.

 

 

(© 2016 KBMT)


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