CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Voters and poll workers at Stonewall Jackson Middle School had a chilly surprise Election Day morning.
Workers for two Kanawha County precincts located in the school's gym were forced to open the polls without heat, County Clerk Vera McCormick said.
"It was pretty cold in there," she said.
The gym was so cold that voters and precinct workers could see their breath early in the morning. Some poll workers huddled under blankets as they checked in voters, others wore scarves wrapped around their heads.
County officials quickly notified school board personnel. The heat was back on sometime around 11 a.m. or noon, McCormick said. Workers climbed up on the roof to fix the heaters, she said.
Space heaters were also set up while the heating units were repaired, McCormick said.
The lack of heat did not keep voters in precincts 403 and 408 from casting their ballots, she said. There are about 1,982 registered voters in those two West Side precincts, McCormick said.
Poll workers also discovered there was no heat at Belle Elementary School in eastern Kanawha County when the precinct opened at 6:30 a.m. today. That problem was quickly fixed, McCormick said.
McCormick believes 60 to 65 percent of the county's approximately 134,000 registered voters will cast their ballots this Election Day. Long lines have been reported at precincts, she said.
There have been no other major problems reported, McCormick said.