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November 7, 2005

 

Voters report problems with voting machines in Roanoke Co.

 

Election day voting is going on across the Old Dominion, but everything has not gone smoothly in Roanoke County.

 

News 7 has received calls from several voters in at least four different precincts who say their votes for Tim Kaine were not recorded or took several attempts to go through.

 

They contend the electronic touch screens repeatedly indicated they were voting for Republican candidate Jerry Kilgore instead of registering their intended vote for his Democratic opponent Tim Kaine.

 

Roanoke Co. Registrar Judy Stokes says she doesn't want to say the problem is operator error on the part of the voters, but she points out the touch screens are sensitive. She says anyone who is having difficulty voting should ask one of the poll workers for assistance.

 

State election officials have been told of the problem. They believe if there is a problem, it could have been caused by the way the machines were stored.

 

The Kaine compaign is reportedly watching the situation in Roanoke County.

 

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