About one-third of Prince William County polling places were reporting glitches with their electronic poll books Tuesday morning.
The problem was with computers that keep track of who comes to vote – prompting some voting delays this morning.
Prince William County Registrar Michele White said the problem prompted a small group of voters to leave a polling place at Leesylvania Elementary School, in the Woodbridge district, just as polls were supposed to open at 6 a.m.
The election chief told voters the equipment wasn’t working, and that he needed a few more minutes before opening, White said.
“Some of them chose to walk away, but they weren’t turned away,” White said of the voters. “We are have trouble countywide to getting the polling books to sync.”
White said the problem has to do with getting the computers to link so that when one voter checks in to vote, all computers at the polling place register the voter’s arrival. The system is not using the Internet but is rather linked with a special modem.
Polling places are not using paper poll books as a backup, but voters’ arrival will be recorded in at least one computer.
White said it’s a problem voting officials are working to fix today and will likely have to further explore after the election to prevent future syncing problems.
No polling places are reporting long lines because of the problem this morning, White said.