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Morton Times-News - Morton, IL
  • Electronic glitch delayed Tazewell count

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  • A problem with two memory cards caused an hour-and-a-half delay in the vote-counting process on Election Night, according to Tazewell County Clerk Christie Webb.
     
    Memory cards store the voting data at the polling sites and are run through a system at the county clerk’s office that reads the voting data after the polls close. Something went wrong with one card that had 773 votes on it and another from a double precinct that had 1,450 votes on it. It took an hour and a half to upload the cards a second time to be read and the votes tallied.
     
    For the most part, the technology glitch, and the large number of precincts in Tazewell County, account for why the county reported election results later than Peoria County did, Webb said.
     
    She said circumstances beyond her control favor Peoria County reporting final results before Tazewell.
     
    While Peoria County has a larger population, a separate Peoria City Election Commission handles the vote tallying within the city proper, and the county clerk handles the votes from the rest of the county.
     
    The two organizations basically split the work, while Webb’s office handles the entire Tazewell vote load.
     
    Peoria County had 74 precincts reporting 33,037 votes and had final results posted at 9:29 p.m.
     
    The city of Peoria had 93 precincts reporting 46,114 votes and had final results posted at 10:08 p.m. Tazewell County had 130 precincts reporting 61,443 votes and had final results posted at 12:24 a.m.
     
    Webb said she and other county leaders are looking at how the county can speed up the process.
     
    “There are things we need to look at,” Webb said. “Honestly, neither these people nor myself want to be here 231/2 hours on the day of elections.”
     
    Webb said she spoke with the Tazewell County Board chairman, and they are determined to improve the system any way they can.
     
    The primary election results in March were delayed because the company that had printed the ballots made them too large to fit in the scanner machines and they had to be trimmed so the scanners could read them.

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