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Internet Issues Delay Early Voting in West Virginia County

A young voter exits a polling place.

A West Virginia county official says internet issues at two early voting locations created long lines at one and prevented people from voting at the other for more than a day.

Cabell County Clerk Phyllis Smith tells The Herald-Dispatch wait times were lengthy at the county field office in Ona on Wednesday and Thursday, as polling place workers had to help voters one at a time because only one computer could connect to the internet. She says voting at Marshall University didn’t begin until Thursday afternoon because of the same problems.

The issues were resolved after new network adapter switches were installed.

Poll workers need the internet to look up voters’ identifications before signing them out of a physical book containing their signature.

Early voting started Wednesday in West Virginia.