Sat Nov 10, 2012, 12:21 AM
Omaha Steve (64,085 posts)
Spider in (aging) voting machine entangles Massachusetts town election
An itsy bitsy spider is to blame for jamming up a voting machine in Massachusetts on Election Day.
Rehoboth Town Clerk Kathleen Conti called a technician after one of the town's aging voting machines malfunctioned during Tuesday's election, The Associated Press reported.
The machine stopped recognizing ballots, which threatened to delay voting results.
Staff counted more than 800 votes by hand until the technician arrived and discovered that the eight-legged culprit's web had blocked a sensor in the machine, according to the Boston Globe.
FULL story at link.
Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/americas/united-states/spider-in-voting-machine-rehoboth-massachusetts
A spider is responsible for jamming up the voting machine in a small Massachusetts town, forcing staff to count ballots by hand. (Prakesh Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:27 AM
millijac (84 posts)
7. It was not a voting machine
I work the polls. It was a scanner. MA uses paper ballots, counted by optical scanning. And our legislature just passed a bill this summer that will soon allow for audits of the machines.
This sort of misinformed reporting just pisses me off though.