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April 1, 2014

Voting underway despite a few glitches

DUNCAN — The Stephens County Election Board Secretary said  four voting machines “locked up” during voting today but were quickly put back into operation simply by turning them off and turning them back on.

None of the voting machines had to replaced, said Angela Dunagan.

Fixing the voting machines was much like rebooting a computer, she said.

“I don’t know what’s caused it,” Dunagan said.

The election board is using 17 voting machines for the election.

Duncan voters today decided whether to extend a half-cent tax for economic development another five years. Voters also will decided either to send 2nd Ward councilman Mike Nelson back to City Hall for his second three-year term or elect one of his challengers -- Bill Schneekloft or Chris Schreckengoss.

Election day proved to be confusing for some voters in Precinct 57 who didn’t realize their new voting location this year is at Graceway Baptist Church, 220 North F St, Dunagan said.

 Precinct 57 residents for years voted at Glad Tidings Assembly but the location was changed this year after the preacher at Glad Tidings passed away, said Dunagan.

“That has been confusing for some,” she said. “We’re all creatures of habit.”

Otherwise, election day has been  smooth, Dunagan said.

“We’ve been real fortunate,” she said.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. today and will close at 7 p.m. this evening.

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