More than 3,700 absentee ballots cast in-person in Warrick County for the November 2012 general election weren’t counted due to an error made by an electronic voting machine technician, county officials confirmed Monday. According to the Warrick County Clerk Sarah Redman’s office, Indianapolis-based MicroVote, which services the county’s electronic voting machines, found that one of its electronic technicians inadvertently incorrectly uploaded votes cast early at the Warrick County Election Office. The technician reportedly used a microchip card-reader that didn’t have the storage capacity to hold the total amount of early votes cast. The error resulted in only 10 percent of in-person, early votes being tallied by the county for the 2012 general election — leaving 3,791 Warrick County votes behind. “And nobody ever caught the error until Pat (King) went looking,” said Kevin Derr, chairman of the Warrick County Democrats Central Committee.
The issue was uncovered by Warrick County Democratic precinct committeewoman Pat King, who was cross-referencing precinct summary reports with the state voter history report in the last month, Derr said. King is also a Democratic candidate for the Owen Township Advisory Board.
King found the precinct summary reports of tallied machine and paper absentee votes for Warrick County were shy 3,700 votes from the state report, compiled by manually entered voting records.