LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Over sixty-five percent of 200,000 people in Pulaski County voted in this past election, making it one of the most heavily populated polling areas in Arkansas.
THV 11 News's Craig O'Neill sat down with Susan Inman, Pulaski Co. Election Commissioner, to talk about the challenges officials faced conducting the election this year and how they plan to make improvements for the future.
While Pulaski County had relatively few problems, aside from voters standing in lines for several hours, many precincts were not as lucky. For example,a printing error in the ballots caused snags for Benton County voters.
"Election administrators always try to have continguency plans and you try to plan for everything but what they were facing you just can't plan for," Inman explains.
During President Obama's acceptance speech, after winning the 2012 presidential election, he made reference to the long lines and said "by the way, we have to fix that." Inman says that while each state has laws that control their voting system and process, she's not against seeing a uniform system developed.
"I think it would be difficult to implement but I'm all about listening to it," she says. "Every county in Arkansas can vote on a different piece of equipment and every state has a different system so there is no uniformity. Definitely it's something that needs to be looked at."
Inman also blames the actual voting equipment for many of the obstacles voters faced this election year.
"It's almost antiquated because it has to go through such stringent testing to even become available for voting," Inman says. "It's almost ten years old and it's not going to last forever so we need to look at a better, newer technology."
And how would Inman alleviate those long lines that voters waited in?
"More early voting."