Memory card failure delays end of Elkhart County vote counting
Posted: 11/06/2012 at 9:00 pm
By: Marshall V. King
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The Elkhart County Election board had to re-feed ballots to count votes after a memory card failed Tuesday. (Truth Photo By Marshall V. King)
Mike Leason, a member of the Elkhart County Election board, feeds ballots into a voting machine after a memory card failed Tuesday. (Truth Photo By Marshall V. King)
Memory cards in the Accu-Vote machines occasionally fail, according to Chad Leiby, a representative of the company who is also a businessman in Elkhart County. He said it happens once every couple of elections due to the card being bumped or a battery failing.
The voting machine at First Baptist Church, 1011 S. Indiana Ave., Goshen, for precincts Elkhart 9 and Elkhart 10 didnít indicate a problem during voting today, said Wayne Kramer, Republican member of the Elkhart County Election Board.
But the card didnít let them load the results into a computer, so Kramer and Mike Leasor, the Democrat member of the election board, are feeding in ballots into a machine onto another card.
Leiby said there are probably 500 to 1,500 ballots and that final results are likely tonight around 9:45 p.m.