For all the uncertainty surrounding the election-result delays that plagued the Bullitt County Board of Elections last week, two certainties did emerge: 2013 is guaranteed to go smoothly because there are no county elections, and 2014 is sufficient time to address the various memory-card calculation problems that plagued not only last week’s vote-counting, but also both the primary and general elections of 2010.
Election results from Tuesday night’s 16 races in Bullitt — everything from U.S. president to seven local city councils to three school board contests — were not posted on the Kentucky secretary of state’s website until after midnight. No incorrect tallies were released and the delay didn’t affect actual voters at the polls, only the counting of their votes.
Still, it drew attention to the need to replace the cards, which have an average shelf-life of four years and would reach that age in 2014. The cost: $3,300 for 50 new cards at $66 apiece, plus shipping costs, no tax.