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Palm Beach County Vote Counting Halted

By Lindsay Cohen email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Workers at Palm Beach County's tabulation center are reporting a problem with several cartridges containing ballot information. The glitch is causing a delay in the final vote tally, officials said.

With 764 of 781 total precincts reporting, workers wrapped up counting for the night around 1:30 am Wednesday. Officials hope to be able to diagnose the problem with the cartridges when workers return Wednesday morning.

"They're going through the diagnostics to try to figure that out," said acting Supervisor of Elections Brad Merriman.

Officials do not expect the outstanding votes to affect the outcome of any of the races in Palm Beach County.

Overall, authorities say voting in Palm Beach County remained free of any serious problems -- something they attribute to lessons learned from glitches and recounts in a circuit court judge's race back in August.

"[It was] more than luck," Merriman said, when asked what he thought contributed to the smooth sailing. "We had a good plan in place and a lot of really excellent poll workers and the elections office staff. We learned a lot of valuable lessons from the recount that we did."

"We knew that we had to be better organized in the way we managed our inventory of ballots. We've got a good system of control here."

The county canvassing board is expected to reconvene at the tabulation center around 11 am Wednesday morning.

Final vote tallies are due to the Secretary of State's office by Sunday, but Merriman says he expects to send certified results to Tallahassee well in advance of the Sunday deadline.

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