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Minor glitch reported as polls open
NaplesNews.com By Deirdre Conner  November 7, 2006

Polls opened in Lee County with just one reported glitch this morning.

Polls at Bonita Springs Precinct 168, at the First Baptist Church on Mango Drive, didn't open until 7:15 a.m. because of a printer problem, said Sharon Harrington, Lee County's supervisor of elections.

The electronic voting machines are checked each morning to make sure they have no votes on them and poll workers then print the proof of those "zero tapes," Harrington said. But the printer not the electronic voting machines themselves was malfunctioning. Workers didn't know that they could go ahead and open the polls and print the zero tapes later, she said.

"It was a miscommunication with the poll workers," Harrington said. Other than that, no other problems have been reported and voting is going smoothly, she said.

Polls stay open until 7 p.m. To locate your precinct voting location in Lee County, go to www.leeelections.com. In Collier County, go to www.colliervotes.com.

Find additional coverage in Wednesday's edition of the Daily News.

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