CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Party affiliations have been left off ballots at the two early polling locations in Crawford County on October 24.
According to Crawford County Election Chairman Bill Coleman, a programming error caused the missing party affiliations. Coleman said the error was not seen during machine testing. Coleman said about 500 voters cast their ballots while the party affiliations were not on the electronic voting machines.
“Voters were still able to vote, we did have sample ballots at each of the locations so that if they really needed to go back and look at that, that was available for them to be able to look at a sample ballot which did have the party affiliations with the candidate names on it,” Coleman said.
Coleman said all voting machines have been fixed as of 2:40 p.m. Absentee ballots were not affected.
Everyone who cast their ballot while the error was present still had their votes counted. Coleman said extra testing on the rest of the voting machines will be done ahead of election day to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Coleman said the missing party affiliations was the only issue reported on the first day of early voting in the county.
“There’s no issue as far as ballot security is concerned,” Coleman said.