|Published:||Nov 07, 2012 5:41 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 07, 2012 5:55 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fl. - Voters aren't the only ones who are upset about yesterday's election process.
One poll worker reached out to WINK News to say he left his precinct out of frustration.
"She says either calm down, or leave. So I gave her that opportunity, I left," says Robert Robbins.
Robbins handed out ballots at precinct 76 off Gateway Blvd. before he walked out. He says the long lines, precincts having just one scanning machine and empty voting booths while people waited did anything but...
"Take care of the voter," he says.
Robbins says once the polls opened at precinct 76, folks started flooding in and with only one scanner the line to turn in their ballots grew longer.
"The tabulator has to read every single page... and then some people were shaking and it would set it off, they would have to do it all over again," he adds.
Robbins says, his frustration hit a boiling point as the line continued to grow outside the precinct. Inside, the situation was just as chaotic.
"The clerk in charge of our precinct started stopping voters from coming in to get their ballot... for two, three hours it was the same thing and I was getting upset," he says.
Because Robbins says there were empty voting booths.
"If I had been in line and knew about this, I would've gone ballistic... why should they wait outside? Let them in, let them get their ballot, even if they waited in a line with a ballot in their hand... they're halfway home," he adds.
It was not the same experience for every poll worker. WINK News spoke with a poll worker who saw more than 38 hundred voters at her precinct on Boy Scout Drive. She says says lines went smoothly there.
One problem was some people weren't registered and had bad addresses. The poll worker says everyone at that precinct was professional and helpful to both each other and the voters.