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Bumpy Ride For Sioux Falls Election Day

April 8, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Bumpy Ride For Sioux Falls Election Day
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Even before the voting centers closed, voters were raising concerns about the process. When Allen Larson arrived at the MariCar voting center Tuesday morning, the computers were down. He came back in the afternoon to try and vote and that's when he encountered a new problem.

"When they gave me a ballot, I realized immediately that it was a little bit shy of items, it only had one item on it. I would think as a citizen of Sioux Falls, I would be able to vote on the Mayor," Larson said.

Only one city council race was on his ballot, but Larson says when he approached a voting center volunteer, there wasn't much they could do.

"They went back and verified that the ticket they had per my ID matched the ballot that I got and beyond that, they weren't able to do anything more," Larson said.

Larson was eventually allowed to vote on a provisional ballot, but he's not convinced it will count in the end.

Voting centers were rushing to keep ballots in stock all day, with volunteers running from place to place making sure there were enough ballots to keep the long lines moving.

Another issue coming out of Election Day is who was eligible to vote. That was the case for this voter at Peace Lutheran.

"It took her a very long time. She looked confused and I thought, 'Uh oh.' I wasn't in the system," Sarah said.

Sarah, who declined to give her last name, says she's lived in Sioux Falls for years and voted in the 2012 election.

"All I heard was, 'human error,' so there was no explanation. She asked if I'd moved and I said 'No, I've been in the same house for quite awhile.' I wasn't the only name on the list.  I had to put my name on a sheet of paper and I wasn't the first name," Sarah said.

She was allowed to vote, but not in a way that has her convinced her ballot will count either.

"She just handed it to me separately, said 'Bring it back to me,' so I didn't get to put it in the box. Hopefully it got in the right place and it will get counted," Sarah said.

Both voters we spoke with say they received a note stating they will be informed if their ballots will be counted within the next two weeks.

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