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Early Morning Voting Problems in Hixson

Hixson voters wait in line.
Hixson voters wait in line.
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Problems at one Hamilton County precinct left many voters waiting in line Tuesday morning.

This happened at Hixson First Baptist Church - where precincts Hixson 1 and 2 are located.

Workers experienced a problem with the automatic ballot reader.

In Hixson, the machine just quit taking ballots.

"It worked over an hour perfect. And then it went down," said election officer Ken Davis.

Something - Davis says rarely happens.

"I started working with the twist machines and the vote-a-matics and now these - I've never had one fail yet until today," he added.

But thankfully - precincts and the election commission are prepared for situations like this.

"The solution is to bring a new machine out, replace the old one with the new one,"

Then, eventually, those ballots being stored in this emergency box need to be processed.

A process easier said than done because it takes time to run each ballot through the correct way.

But Davis says for those concerned voters, "your votes will get counted. You can trust us."

An election commission inspector tells us all the machines were tested before ever leaving the office.

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At last check, the election commission inspector says that was the only issue reported so far out of 130 Hamilton County precincts.

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