The unofficial results from Tuesday’s primary election are in, again, and there are no official winners, yet, but the numbers all match up, unofficially. The computer problems that shut down the counting of votes were solved the next day when a consultant from Elections, Systems & Software, the software provider for the county’s election board, suggested the board should just start over. And that is just what it did.
… The number of voters matched the number of voters recorded on the paper records that poll workers keep at each polling place, McCabe said. And there were no surprises or recall of winners with Wednesday’s tabulations, now unofficially being reviewed by the Sussex County Clerk’s Office, which must confirm the totals before they become official.
The one thing that was officially confirmed Tuesday is that the county has a glitch in the election process, and no one knows what causes it.
… What caused the duplicated votes in Green during April’s school election is still a question that goes unanswered by Elections, Systems & Software. Several calls from the New Jersey Herald to the software company immediately after the April mishap have not been returned.
Company officials have a new question to answer regarding this week’s primary. According to McCabe, once the county clerk verifies the primary results and confirms the winners, the election board will run an “in depth” audit of Tuesday’s election. The audit will record “every keystroke that was made that night,” McCabe said, and those results will be sent to the consultants at Elections, Systems & Software for an answer.
“We have a little time before the November election,” McCabe said.
McCabe speculated that the issue is in the software that tabulates the final vote tallies from the cartridges that are collected at the county offices in Newton. The voting machines that are located at each municipality’s polling places did not have any problems collecting the votes from the public, McCabe said. The problem was with the counting of the votes at the county’s facility, which houses a server and five work stations to perform that task.
Full Article: New Jersey Herald.