LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A WINK News investigation continues. Any precinct with more than 3,500 registered voters was supposed to have two tabulating machines on Tuesday. Lee County Elections Supervisor Sharon Harrington said that was the rule but we uncovered that didn't happen at some polling places.
WINK News discovered at least two precincts out of the 125 in southwest Florida should have had an extra machine and didn't. Harrington told WINK News she thought Lee County had adequate equipment.
"I want to close by apologizing to the voters of Lee County," said Harrington.
Harrington wiped away tears Wednesday as she apologized to voters about issues at the polls. She said it all came down to Lee County believing it had adequate equipment.
"Precincts with more than 3,500 voters would have two machines and those precinct under that amount would have one," said Harrington.
But WINK News uncovered at least two precincts with more than 3,500 voters did not have two machines. One precinct off Daniels Parkway was #118. Voters were snaked around the front.
According to the Lee County Supervisor of Elections website, that precinct had 3,555 registered voters. Another precinct with one machine had 4,200 registered voters.
"Moving forward, I will do whatever it takes to ensure that this does not happen again in Lee County," said Harrington.
WINK News also wanted to know, why Harrington didn't just move scanners from less busy precincts to the busier ones. The answer: each machine is programmed for the ballot it's going to accept. Re-programming them in the middle of the day can put the ballots already recorded on that machine in jeopardy.