A major glitch in Cochise County held up thousands of ballots. The problem discovered hours after the polls closed last night. Cochise county elections officials had to scramble to fix it and asked Graham County to help out. A UHAUL full of black cases of ballots were rushed to Graham County where the ballots were re-tabulated — overnight and then transported back to Bisbee by 1 o’clock the next day. So what caused the glitch? The interim elections director Jim Vlahovich thought it was the machine that tabulates the votes. “We discovered last night that the sheets were 85 ballots short than what the machine was,” he said.
Elections staff had thought last night the ballots were being duplicated in the machine, but found out that wasn’t the case. “We do know the machine was working correctly last night that was verified by Graham county in their systems,” said Vlahovich. Which then would leave human error.
“As to exactly what happened we’re not sure. But we knew there was a disconnect and took immediate action to address it,” said Vlahovich.