We are receiving reports that the Oklahoma Election Board is being called to Muskogee tonight due to irregularities at several county polling places.
“There were massive screw-ups at two of the largest precincts,” one observer just reported.
Representatives from the board are due tonight.
NOTE: I just got out of anasthesia and can’t cover this story in person. I will do my best to keep working it over the phone.
UPDATE 6:25 pm: According to county election board supervisor Kelly Beach, the state board was called but is not coming to Muskogee.
There were two incidents today: one at the vo-tech, where a machine malfunctioned, as did its replacement, so the county board will re-enter all that precinct’s ballots through a machine at the board, as directed by the state. That re-run is open to the public.
A second incident happened at Chandler Road, which ran out of ballots, so the election board sent more, but they were for the wrong precinct, so the machines rejected the new ballots, as they are programmed to do.
Correct ballots were immediately sent.
UPDATE 7:46 p.m.: According to a highly placed source in a position to know who asked to remain anonymous because they are not authorized to speak for the state election board, “The first vote cast at ICTC was around 10 a.m., the precinct was supposed to be open at 7 a.m.. The machine malfunction is to blame, but they did not follow protocol to cast provisional ballots. The Chandler Road Church of Christ ran out of ballots for more than an hour.”
The state election board’s officials are “LIVID” about the errors, the source said.
UPDATE 8:10 p.m.: Chris and Angela Cummings of Muskogee reported that they were at ICTC at 7:15 a.m. and they were able to vote successfully.