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Curtiss wins after voting machine troubles resolved
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Charles Curtiss had to wait until Wednesday morning to learn he won Grundy County and will return for a 10th term in the Tennessee House.
Curtiss beat challenger Robert Dunham 10,607 votes to 9,927 in the three-county 43rd District that includes all of White and Grundy counties, and roughly two-thirds of Warren County.
Curtiss, a Democrat from Sparta, lost his home county, 4,676 votes to 4,231, but rallied to win Warren and Grundy counties.
“I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed,” said Curtiss when asked about losing in White County. “But I sort of anticipated it might go that way since they did so much negative campaigning early. This is the first time I’ve been involved in a dirty campaign like this.”
Due to problems with its MicroVote machines, Grundy County had to wait until Wednesday morning for most of its election results. The problem was with the MicroVote card reader, which wouldn’t read information from the cards. The problem was resolved when MicroVote officials brought a new card reader Wednesday.
Warren County also experienced its usual election delays, but not to the extent of Grundy County. The nation knew President Obama had been re-elected before they knew who won the race for McMinnville mayor. Final election results were released here just after 10 p.m.
“It was a software issue involving our tabulation system,” said election administrator Donna Smith. “That had to be corrected before the cards could be read.”
Due to brief problems at the Fairview and Irving College precincts, Yates said a few voters there had to cast paper ballots until the issue was resolved.
There were 24 provisional ballots cast in Warren County, according to Smith. Those were people who showed up at the polls without proper photo ID. When that happens, the person is allowed to vote, but the vote is only counted if the person visits the election office with proper ID. The deadline for a voter to return with proper ID was yesterday at 4:30 p.m.
The election will be certified and become official Nov. 21 when the Election Commission meets at 9 a.m. at Warren County Administrative Offices.