Due to a computer-software glitch, Montclair still didn’t have its Primary Election results as of Wednesday afternoon, and was doubtful about having them by the end of yesterday.
“A nightmare. Never had this happen before,” Township Deputy Clerk Carla Horowitz said Tuesday night as the township was struggling to tally the local results after a computer program went awry.
Late Wednesday morning, the Clerk’s Office still wasn’t able to get an accurate count of Montclair’s votes and the municipal Information Technology officer was away, so he couldn’t help.
“We worked on it this morning,” Horowitz said. “The program seems to be working a little bit better.”
But the Clerk’s Office was still in the process of transferring handwritten data to the computer, and had other problems, as well. For example, one tally sheet that came out of one voting machine was blurred.
Ironically, the Essex County Clerk’s Office has Montclair’s voting results, because it downloads the information from cassettes in the voting machines, according to Horowitz. She requested the data from the county Wednesday, which said it would send it later in the day. By deadline, the Township Clerk’s Office couldn’t be reached for comment by The Times.