Computer glitch affects election

A computer glitch had Minot election workers improvising for a time Tuesday, but voting went on uninterrupted.

Minot’s four polling sites, where electronic poll books are used, experienced problems with the books when the polls opened at 7 a.m. When election workers attempted to record voters, the computers indicated that voters were at the wrong site.

Workers recorded early voters on paper, adding them into the electronic poll books once the problem was corrected. The computers still provided information allowing election workers to hand out the proper ballots based on voter ward.

“There was nobody that was turned away,” said election inspector Brenda Lokken at First Assembly of God Church. “We just had to figure out a new way to let them vote.”

About 40 voters were affected at that site before the electronic poll books began working.

Brenda Willoughby, inspector at the Maysa Arena site, said the computers were operating normally there within 45 minutes. The glitch only affected about 15 voters during that time.

Inspectors commended the Ward County technology department for getting to the four sites to resolve the issues as quickly as possible.