Technical issue slows voting at New Haven polling location

Voters stand in line at Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven on Nov. 8, 2016.
Voters stand in line at Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven on Nov. 8, 2016.

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) – Some voting in New Haven was delayed Tuesday morning after machines failed to initialize at Emanuel Lutheran Church.

Election Inspector Robert Syster said the polling location’s five machines didn’t start up properly for the 6 a.m. open. Syster said it caused a delay at the location for approximately 25 minutes.

A woman casts her ballot at Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven on Nov. 8, 2016.
A woman casts her ballot at Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven on Nov. 8, 2016.

Technicians were called to the location to work on the problem. The location also had one of its five voting machines stop working. A new machine was eventually brought to the Green Street church.

Normally, the location has four machines but a fifth machine was added for Tuesday due to higher-than-normal expected turnout.

The fifth machine was offline for around 90 minutes to 2 hours, according to Syster.

Syster said due to the early morning delay two or three voters had to leave. He said that the location has been busy all morning and since repairs have been made there have been no other issues with machines.

However, a poll worker at the location fell ill and was taken to a hospital by ambulance.