Vigo County election officials say delay in ballot count due to paper, scanner malfunction

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VIGO Co., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Ballots are continuing to be counted Wednesday in Vigo County.

Election officials experienced a technical malfunction, causing them to break from counting ballots on Election night and continuing into Wednesday morning around 8 a.m.

According to Vigo County Election Board President Kara Anderson, the paper used to print ballots had a technical issue with their scanning machine. The bar code on the bottom of those ballots were too narrow to scan.

She said this was the case with around 1,500 ballots out of about 43,000 that were cast early and on Election Day.

Due to the problem, those ballots had to be re-made. A Democrat and Republican representative had to oversee the process to make sure the re-printed ballots matched reports.

She said Vigo County election officials are “fortunate” that the number of remakes was relatively small.

According to Anderson, ballot tabulation will continue through the day with no prediction of when final numbers will be ready.

She said for them, it is more about accuracy than speed.

As of noon Wednesday, 54 percent of ballots have been counted.

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