Viewer concerned about unattended ballots at Huntsville polling place

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A viewer contacted WHNT News 19 Monday night concerned about the security of boxes of ballots at the Alabama A&M University Gym polling location.

The viewer sent us two pictures of boxes of ballots, a voting machine and other materials. The viewer said it appeared that there were “no supervising voting officials” at 4:15 p.m. Monday and again at 5 p.m., despite lots of foot traffic in the area.

A concerned voter sent us these pictures of ballot boxes left unattended at Elmore Gym at Alabama A&M University on Nov. 7.

A concerned voter sent us these pictures of ballot boxes left unattended at Elmore Gym at Alabama A&M University on Nov. 7.

WHNT News 19 contacted Frank Barger, Madison County elections administrator, about the call we received. We also shared the pictures with Barger.

He responded that he had not been made aware of the issue until we called him, but stressed there was not a problem. Here’s his entire response:

“Thank you for your email.  Your inquiry is the first time I have been made aware of this issue,” he said. “Please keep in mind that the ballots are accounted for/numbers verified by election workers before any polling location opens.  This step ensures that the sealed ballots have not been compromised in any way.  This verification occurred prior to Precinct 1/A&M University opening this morning.  We will assess the situation and address for future elections.”

WHNT News 19 is prepared to follow up on any problems or irregularities voters encounter today.  Let us know how we can Take Action for you.