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Technical difficulties slow election results

Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm

A small technical glitch was responsible for the several-hour delay in tallying Pike County votes following last Tuesday’s election.

“What occurred was information from one system would not copy to the other system so we could get a total count,” explained County Clerk Melissa Kempke. “We took reports from both systems and manually calculated them.”

Fortunately the problem was easily overcome, although it meant a great deal of additional work for those counting the votes.

While Kempke said she doesn’t foresee any additional issues for the upcoming election in November, she added that the concern is always in the back of her mind.

“Of course you always worry about your elections running smoothly,” she said. “…This is no different. We have used this system for many years and have had few bumps in the road.”

Although the glitch cost the county employees several hours in manual counting, the County Clerk said her office is prepared for November’s polls.