How to avoid problems while you're voting

How to avoid problems while you're voting

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - On day two of early voting in Louisiana, once again, the turnout Wednesday was high.

The Secretary of State's Office said it has been receiving calls about voting machine problems, but none of those reports has been confirmed.

"We have been fielding calls from voters across the state, but at this point we have had no confirmed reports of any problems with machines statewide," said Louisiana Secretary of State Press Secretary Meg Casper.

We checked to see if there have been any voting complaints reported in our area.

In St. Tammany Parish, a machine was immediately shut down around 11 a.m. Wednesday after a voter reported the touch screen stopped working. The Orleans Parish Clerk of Court said they have not received any complaints about voting irregularities. In Terrebonne Parish, we're told there have not been any problems with machines. And in Jefferson Parish, all was running smoothly Wednesday.

"I talk to all my supervisors, and they know anytime we get a complaint like, again, a vote switching, let me know, let them know. We have had no one come to us and say, 'Look, my machine recorded the wrong name.'" As I may have mentioned all of these machines are calibrated by the Secretary of State, not us. We check these machines," said Jefferson Parish Registrar of Voters Dennis Dimarco.

The Secretary of State's Office offers advice for voters who encounter a problem.

"If you're having any problems while you are trying to vote, notify your commissioner in charge immediately," said Casper. "They're our first line of defense, and they are there to help you no matter what your issue might be, whether it's you have a concern with the machine or you broke your leg and you need some assistance getting into the precinct - or even if you see somebody at a precinct that just makes you uncomfortable."

Here's another tip from voting officials to help avoid any problems: Make sure you go over your selections carefully on the review screen and correct any mistakes in those selections before you officially cast your ballot.

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