Through the first six days of early voting at the Jefferson County Courthouse, more than 6,600 people have cast ballots, according to the County Clerk’s Office, and no significant problems have been reported.
Last week, there were questions about the voting machine designated for handicapped voters not being in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, but late Monday, Jefferson County Attorney Jackie Harris said he had been told that the problem had been fixed.
Harris said County Clerk Patricia Royal Johnson told him that adjustments had been made to the location of the machine in the small room where early voting is being conducted.
On Tuesday, the Commercial visited the room and observed a female voter — who had used a walker to reach the room — being placed in a chair and wheeled behind the voting machine without the machine being moved, as was required before the complaint.
Also, that machine had been moved to a new location on the left side of the room, and there appeared to be sufficient space between it and other machines to preclude people being able to see how voters were casting their ballots.
Early voting will continue at the Jefferson County Courthouse from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through Nov. 4; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5; and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7. The general election will be held at polling places from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8.