Ravalli County vote counting machine slows results

RAVALLI COUNTY

Kevin Maki By Kevin Maki, KECI Reporter, kmaki@keci.com
POSTED: 6:22 PM Nov 07 2012   UPDATED: 10:27 PM Nov 07 2012
Ravalli Copunty vote scanner slows up counting
HAMILTON, Mont. -

They expected it to be a long night, but Ravalli County election workers didn't think it would take all night and then some.

With 22,300 voters casting ballots, election workers said it was probably a record turnout.  But the final few numbers in Ravalli County were late coming in.

It was a brutal election night, morning after and afternoon after. Many election workers worked nonstop since the polls opened.

The M-650 Optical Scanner, used to read absentee ballots, kept acting up.

There were 10,600 ballots that needed counting.

Those ballots were folded and had two pages.

"Because of the folds," said clerk and recorder Regina Plettenberg, "it just lodges in the machine so we had to undo it, separate those and run it back through."