The White County Election Commission faced delays when tallying votes Thursday night.
Election Commission Administrator Dorcus Marcum said increased absentee ballots and technical difficulties caused the two hour delay.
“We had some ballots that would not scan at a couple of precinct, so the voters ended up just putting those in a ballot bag locked up,” Marcum said. “The poll officials brought those back at the end of the night. We had to hand count those.”
Marcum said eight workers hand counted the votes. Marcum said the system they used for hand counting is efficient, but most importantly, accurate.
“That is why it took us so long and why we had so many people working,” Marcum said. “One would count, the other would check it back and verify. The way our system is however many ballots you have, you can not have more votes then that.”
Usually, election results are submitted to the state around 8:30 p.m. Whit County submitted their tallies at 10:15 p.m. Marcum said she is confident the problem will be resolved by November’s election. October 5th is the last day to register to vote for the presidential election.