JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — James City County election officials experienced a slight issue early Tuesday morning regarding malfunctioning voting machines.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19 on Election Day, officials say they are spraying the voting booths after each voter leaves.

The move led to some machines rejecting several ballots early on and the rejected ballots had to be placed in a separate slot inside of the machines.

According to James City County Registration and Elections Director Dianna S. Moorman, the issue only affected three precincts in the county.

To resolve the issue, election workers switched from using paper towels to wipe down the booths, to using micro cloths, to help them dry faster.

Election officials in the county say they are waiting 30 seconds between each voter to enter the voting booths.

Moorman says the incident wasn’t a major issue, and they haven’t had any major problems so far.

As of 6 p.m., 48,938 people had voted in James City County. That’s 79.55% of registered voters.

For more information regarding Election Day in James City County, click here.

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