King County Elections officials attributed the cause for late ballots to more than 11,000 Eastside voters — including more than 900 in Issaquah and Sammamish — to a computer “hiccup” in the days before the office sent out ballots.
The elections office sent ballots to the impacted voters in late October, about a week after other voters received ballots in the mail. Officials traced the delay to the glitch from late September.
The “hiccup” occurred Sept. 29, as staffers downloaded a database of registered voters into a file to send to K&H Election Services and the computer froze. The staffer rebooted the computer, and did not notice any problems after the download ended.
“For loss of a better word, a hiccup occurred where those 11,000 were skipped over,” Dale Hartman, IT service delivery manager for the elections office, told the King County Council in a meeting Nov. 7, a day before the deadline to return ballots.