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Houston County Voting Problems

No election is complete without a few hiccups with voting procedures, that's according to probate Judge Luke Cooley.
We are fresh off of the presidential election, and here in Dothan and Houston County there were a few errors when it came to giving everyone the chance to vote.
Despite which candidate you wanted to vote for, everyone wanted a chance to get to the polls, creating long lines and hard work for poll workers.

“It was a long day," says Probate Houston County Judge Luke Cooley.

With the long day errors from poll workers can happen.

"Human error can occur," says Probate Houston County Judge Luke Cooley.

But despite those errors poll operators have to deal with potential voters who wanted to cross state lines to vote.

"I think we did get a few more than I ever remember of people coming from Florida, or from wherever and decided, they just was going vote, that was one of the problems we had," says Probate Houston County Judge Luke Cooley.

And that can't happen, so those people were given other options.

"We said we are sorry, but we can't allow you to vote," says Probate Houston County Judge Luke Cooley.

Another concern to the judge was the long list of state amendments.

"The other thing, that i think that held up our problems, was the amendments, they were long, they were complicated, and they in very small print," says Probate Houston County Judge Luke Cooley.

An issue she thinks added to long wait times.

Now Judge Cooley tells me there was a high turnout for this year’s presidential election, you can see these boxes are stacked so high. I am about 5 feet 4 inches tall so that give you a good idea of how many people came out to vote.

"We had a wonderful turnout, about a mid 60 percentile," says Probate Houston County Judge Luke Cooley.

And with that type of turnout, Judge Cooley says mistakes are bound to happen.

"We try to correct those errors, but there are always going to be some errors," says Probate Houston County Judge Luke Cooley.

Overall Judge Cooley says she was proud law enforcement did not have to be called out to handle any issues with voting.


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