No trouble with primary elections

Published 10:32 am Thursday, August 6, 2015

From all accounts, primary elections went off without a hitch Tuesday.

A small grass fire and a power outage couldn’t even slow things down.

At the West Lincoln polling station, a tree fell on a power line temporarily cutting the power and sparking a small grass fire. Zetus Volunteer Fire Department and the Forestry Commission put it out. Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Dustin Bairfield said Emergency Coordinator Clifford Galey was able to help get a generator to the site, as the poll machines can only run on battery power for 30 minutes. The power was back up and running before the generator was needed, and voting was never interrupted.

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The county’s new electronic poll books operated as they should have, which is no small miracle.

All in all, it was a successful election day.

“I think we had a very smooth election considering it was with new poll books,” Bairfield said. “We ran into a few little issues that we always have like an outlet not having power, or a poll worker just wanting to call and confirm the first time someone used the new poll book, we had a couple of those. But we were really and truly blessed that everything went smooth. I haven’t had a candidate complain to me about anything particular.”

There were some complains that final results weren’t available sooner Tuesday night, but those were few. While we would have appreciated having results in sooner, we understand the process can be time-consuming and tedious.

Bairfield and his staff — and the many pollworkers — did a great job preparing for and executing on election day.

That wasn’t the case everywhere. There were reports of polling places opening late, extended power outages and other problems in counties across the state.