Primary Tuesday 2012 in Madison County went smoothly according to several area poll workers who also say voter turnout was solid and steady.
Madison County Probate Judge Tommy Ragland Tuesday reported no major problems at any of the county’s 75 voting precincts. There were, however a couple of hiccups Tuesday morning at J. E. Williams School on Barren Fork Boulevard off Zierdt Road in Huntsville.
The precinct 53 poll inspector tells WHNT News 19 when precinct workers arrived to open the polls, voting equipment was not in the proper place. The inspector says it took about twenty minutes to find the voting machines and get everything ready. Some voters left before they got chance to enter the building.
There was also some confusion about the location of the polls on the Williams School campus. This year the polling location is behind the elementary school building. The polling location at Williams in years past was housed inside the adjoined middle school.
Signs were clearly posted directing voters to a side street behind the school’s baseball field but ‘vote here’ and ‘voter parking’ signs were not visible from the main entrance most voters instinctively turned into.
School resource officers at the school say the polling location move at Williams is in the interest of student safety in an effort to keep voter populations away from classroom and student activity.
The precinct 53 poll inspector at Williams School says all voters were patient and understanding Tuesday morning during the equipment delay, even if they were forced to return later to cast their ballot.