MICHELE NORRIS, host:
At least two Indiana counties were having problems with electronic voting machines this morning. Marion County, which includes Indianapolis, and Delaware County, which is about 50 miles outside of Indianapolis.
Karen Wenger is the Delaware county clerk there and she joins us now to talk about what's been happening in the polling places in her jurisdiction. Ms. Wenger, thanks so much for being with us.
Ms. KAREN WENGER (County Clerk, Delaware County, Indiana): You're welcome.
NORRIS: Now what caused the delays there in Delaware County this morning?
Ms. WENGER: We have a voting system that requires a blue vote card, similar to a credit card, to be inserted into the voting machine before each voter votes. Those cards were programmed incorrectly.
NORRIS: When you say they were programmed incorrectly, this means that something happened at the manufacturer?
Ms. WENGER: Right.
NORRIS: And what company is that?
Ms. WENGER: Microvote Corporation.
NORRIS: And did they have an IT person on hand?
Ms. WENGER: Yes.
NORRIS: Were they able to come in and fix the problem?
Ms. WENGER: They had IT people to talk through our poll workers over the telephone a way to reprogram the situation so we could get the voting started.
NORRIS: Now what - if you could paint a picture for me - what was the scene like in some of these polling places where they had these problems?
Ms. WENGER: Well, we had voters waiting at 6:00 a.m. wanting to vote and the machines weren't working.
NORRIS: And those early morning voters, they're probably commuters trying to vote before work?
Ms. WENGER: Right. And that's why we've extended their voting hours until 8:40 p.m.
NORRIS: How many precincts affected by this?
Ms. WENGER: Seventy-five.
NORRIS: So people were able to use paper ballots?
Ms. WENGER: Yes. Provisional paper ballots.
NORRIS: Now did you have those on hand -
Ms. WENGER: Yes.
NORRIS: - anticipating problems or do voters have a choice?
Ms. WENGER: Well, we sent 25 to every polling place in case the voters didn't have a photo I.D. but we did not anticipate any sort of a problem like this.
NORRIS: Did you go through all 25 in these precincts?
Ms. WENGER: Yes, and we sent more out.
NORRIS: Okay. So were there people who were turned away or faced significant delays because of this?
Ms. WENGER: I do not know. We're hoping not. That's why we're extending our polling place hours.
And I really do have to go.
NORRIS: Okay. Well, thank you so much for time.
Karen Wenger is the Delaware county clerk in Indiana and today she is a very busy woman.
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