Crawford County Voting Machine Glitch Backs Up Election Results

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VAN BUREN  (KFSM) --  A glitch in voting machines kept volunteers counting votes until 3 a.m. on Tuesday (March 1), said the Crawford County election commissioner Bill Taylor.

"At about 8:30 p.m. last night we couldn't get the votes to tabulate," Taylor said.

He said at one point, the information showed there were more votes than people who voted. The commissioner said technicians spent quite a bit of time searching for the problem before discovering a digital USB problem. To count votes, the commission had to plug the device into a machine and then it would give the result. That process still wasn't working, so they switched to another back-up system.

"The paper trail backed all that up," Taylor said.

The commissioner said at the end all votes were correctly counted for every race. The voting machines used in Crawford County are estimated to be about 16 years old.

"The state has already agreed to buy new ones," Taylor said. "They have agreed, but have not appropriated the money."

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