Benton County polls hopping, short on paper ballots

Posted: November 6, 2012 at 11:09 a.m.

Voters who opted to cast a ballot on Election Day were hitting polling sites early Tuesday morning.

The rush of early voters caused several Benton County polling places to run out of paper ballots.

About 75 people were lined up at the Lowell First Baptist Church when polls opened at 7:30 a.m., said Ann Villines, site coordinator.

Poll workers announced they were out of paper ballots for Precinct 49 at 8:15 a.m. at Lowell First Baptist Church, forcing voters to use one of the four electronic machines.

There were also reports that the polling site at Sulphur Springs Community Building ran out of paper ballots and the two electronic machines on site were not working.

More than 100 people were lined up at Covenant Church in Fayetteville when polls opened.

After polls had been opened about an hour and a half, Jennifer Price, Washington County Election Commission coordinator, said early reports were that the polling places were busy but there were no reported problems as of 9 a.m.