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Roanoke Co. voters to use paper poll books to keep system from crashing

(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

ROANOKE Co., Va. (WSET) -- Voters in Roanoke County have experienced a major setback Tuesday after some electronic poll books would not connect.

According to the Roanoke Voter Registration Office, when poll workers tested some of the electronic poll books and discovered they were not working, the decision was made to use paper poll books at all 32 precincts.

The electronic poll books are what's used to look up voter registration information when you check in at the polls.

Due to the change, lines have been long at almost all precincts. However, poll workers say it is the voter turnout that is causing the long lines and not the paper poll books.

Extra poll workers are manning all stations which have three paper poll books at each.

The decision to change from electronic to paper was made Sunday in order to avoid system crashes.

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