Ballot Machine Issues on POW and Sitka Delay Results for House 35 Race - P.O.W. Report

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Ballot Machine Issues on POW and Sitka Delay Results for House 35 Race


Alaska Public Media:
The outcome of Sitka’s House District is in question following a technical failure with a key element of the voting machines. The error was widespread across Southeast.

As a result, tallies from Sitka, Craig, Kake, Klawock and Throne Bay have not been calculated for the HD35 race, which squares incumbent Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins against Republican Dr. Richard Wein. As of 5 a.m. today, with eight of fourteen precincts reporting including Petersburg, Kreiss-Tomkins leads Wein by approximately 300 votes. [...]

Kassi Mackie is the city clerk in Craig, on Prince of Wales Island.

“What happened was, at the time that the polls closed, our machine would not take the Ender Card,” Mackie told KCAW over the phone.

The “Ender Card” is basically a piece of cardstock. Poll workers are supposed to feed the card into optical scanners to tally votes.

“[The card] basically tells the machine, ‘We’re done voting. You can tally the results.’ And that card that the state had provided us wouldn’t run through the machine. We tried multiple times, for about an hour,” Mackie said.


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