Madison County turns to photocopied ballots


November 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A pair of precincts in Madison County in central Iowa ran out of printed ballots Tuesday night and had to resort to photocopies. County elections deputy Lori Belgarde says two of the county’s nine precincts ran out of ballots. One of the precincts photocopied 23 ballots that voters then cast. Belgarde wasn’t certain how many photocopies the other precinct would need. Belgarde says the county had at least 10 percent more ballots on hand than were cast in 2008, an indication of strong voter turnout.

Chad Olsen, a spokesman for Iowa secretary of state Matt Schultz, says other precincts that included some in West Des Moines and Waukee also ran out of ballots. But Olsen says additional ballots were supplied before the original supply ran dry.