Several Eastern Carolina counties reported problems with touch-screen voting during early voting. We checked in on the machines in Lenoir County on election day. The Elections Director there, Dana King, said they had no problems. Controversy during the early voting process arose when voters in some counties said that their attempts to vote straight republican ticket actually reflected a straight democratic ticket. Calibration issues may have been to blame for that issue. King says the state board of elections has jumped on the issues and it used one simple technique for better accuracy.
"We decided to buy the #2 pencils and use them, and when you touch in the square like that that doesn't take a chance on someones nail touching before the ball of the finger does and that type of thing...that you know you're touching right in the center of the square so you know that your candidate is coming up," said Lenoir County Elections Director Dana King.
Emergency paper ballots were available if someone objected to using the machines. King says 35 counties used the Ivotronic machines during early voting. Tuesday, only 23 counties used the machines with the other counties opting for paper ballots.