The primary election is over and the voters of Madison County have spoken. Well, most of them.

There were problems at polling places across the county Tuesday, from voters in House District 73 getting ballots for House District 56, to multiple precincts running out of both Republican and Democratic ballots later in the day.

The Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday confirmed that there were issues at several polling locations. 

It started at Highland Chapel Church on Mannsdale Road in Madison, where early morning voters from District 73 noticed they were receiving the wrong ballots.

It’s a split precinct, meaning some voters are in one district and some are in another.

Most voters at the precinct should have had an opportunity to vote in the Republican primary for House District 73 between Jill Ford and Johnny Black but some were given ballots with House Speaker Philip Gunn running unopposed.

“Honestly, we don’t know how many people were affected,” District 2 Election Commissioner Julia Hodges said. “We are still trying to assess what happened, how it happened and try to figure that all out.”

Hodges said election commissioners were up well past midnight Tuesday trying to discern any problems Madison County voters had. She said she was receiving messages asking who won individual races but was so busy working, she didn’t know.

“We’re still working on it today,” Hodges said Wednesday. “We sent the trucks out to retrieve the machines and hopefully the Republicans will count their absentee ballots today. We haven’t seen anything from the Democrats yet.”

The second wave of problems came later in the day when several precincts began to run out of paper ballots. Reports of voters waiting more than an hour were posted on social media, including from State Senator for District 25 Walter Michel, who didn’t get to vote for himself because the ballot he received from his voting district didn’t have his race on it.

“The precinct manager said they ran out of ballots and when the county sent them more ballots, they were different from the original ones,” Michel said, adding that it was time for the county’s election officials to “up their game.”

Anna Moak with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office said they received 20 calls and some emails Tuesday regarding the split districts and precincts running out of ballots. They estimate 208 people affected by the split districts.