Two Wichita polling machines cause problems in special election

April 12, 2017 - 12:02 am

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Sedgwick County election officials reported issues with two separate polling machines on Tuesday.  One of the machines was at the Reformation Lutheran Church.  The other was at the Edgemoore polling location.

KSN News reports that while the vote counting was underway, officials said, someone pulled the memory stick before the count was finished.

This caused workers to focus on the paper print outs from those machines, taking them to election headquarters to be recounted.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman said that it was an issued they observed during an election in Maryland as they were looking at purchasing the new machines.  “When we wrote our contract to purchase this equipment, we wrote in that by 2018 we have to have a splash on a screen to say, it’s now safe to move your memory device,” Lehman said.

About 500 ballots had to be recounted.  However, the issue with the machines was not considered to be serious, and only caused a short delay in the tabulation of results.

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