Oklahoma voters should be encouraged by the state Election Board secretary’s latest review of our new system.
The state is breaking in new machines that are an upgrade of the optical scanning machines that worked superbly for two decades. There have been a few small hiccups along the way, but Secretary Paul Ziriax says those have been addressed.
With the Aug. 28 primary runoff elections, there were no problems in reporting results on the state’s website. A computer glitch in the June primary election led to incomplete results being labeled as complete results. The third-party vendor responsible for displaying the results was subsequently fired, and the Election Board’s staff developed a different procedure.
Now county-level results are available online, along with state-level races. The new system “worked fantastically,” Ziriax says. “It was accurate, it was fast.” Good news as the Nov. 6 general election approaches.