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Technical error delays voting results
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The large number of candidates on the ballot may have been part of what forced a delay Tuesday night in releasing election results.
According to election administrator Donna Smith, there were no issues with the voting machines themselves, but instead there was a card-reading error with the early vote totals. Given the redundant systems that go with MicroVote, there was no danger of losing votes.
“I think it may have been something to do with so many candidates in the races,” Smith said, noting there were 11 candidates for property assessor in the Democratic primary and numerous delegates on the Republican primary. “We had been advised by MicroVote that could be an issue, but it was nothing major.”
Smith said after about 30 minutes of delay, the problem was fixed by a technician and the results started to be released to the public around 9:30 p.m. The polls closed at 7 p.m.
Smith noted it is more economical to have a local technician on call so the county can avoid having to pay a MicroVote technician on-site since that costs $1,000 per day.
As for any other issues, Smith said the 7,336 voters who took part in early voting and election day balloting experienced no problems, even when it came to the controversial new requirement to show photo ID before voting.
“We had one person vote on a provisional ballot and he has until the end of today (Thursday) to return and present proper ID,” Smith said, noting all other voters who cast ballots came with photo ID.
The election will be officially certified March 26.