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WEST KINGSTON-Voters had difficulty submitting ballots at West Kingston Elementary School early yesterday when trying to cast their votes for the 2012 election. Voting was stopped after the polls opened at 7 a.m. when poll workers noticed the ballots were incorrect and meant for North Kingstown. Although seven voters received the wrong ballots, their votes were voided and not cast. The school received the correct ballots and opened for voting at 9 a.m. South Kingstown Representative for General Assembly, Spencer E. Dickinson was less than pleased about the voting mishap. " I'm disgusted how the day started. I lean more towards incompetence instead of conspiracy. But some people are questioning a lawsuit. I was here before 7 a.m., there were over 100 people who tried to vote and had to leave," Dickinson said. "Their right to vote was taken away. Maybe we need a system that is fail safe, this is important." South Kingstown Deputy Town Clerk Susan Flynn said the ballot problem had nothing to do with the Town of South Kingstown or the poll workers at West Kingston Elementary
â€śA week before the election the ballots and all the other voting equipment arrives in a sealed box,â€ť said Flynn. â€śPoll workers cut them open on the morning of the election. When the poll workers began to process the ballots they noticed the numbers were wrong.â€ť
Flynn said the RI Board of Elections in Providence delivers all ballots and machines related to the election and that protocol is to leave them untouched until Election Day morning.