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Election officials make sure every vote is counted despite ballot issues

By Monica Rix - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - An issue with ballots in Madison County has some voters worried. This is a county issue, not a state-wide issue.

The machines are not reading some of the ballots.

Madison County Probate Judge Tommy Ragland says they've had reports of bad ballots in eight of 74 precincts today. Ragland says there are several reasons some of the ballots are not being read. One is printing.

Poll workers say some ballots are being cut off on the very bottom of the page, which means voting machines aren't counting the votes like they should.

Ragland says another reason could be moisture. He says the ballots tend to swell if there's any moisture in the air and that could mess with the paper's performance.

Whatever the problem, officials say they are taking care of the problems. Voters are being asked to scrap bad ballots and resubmit new ones.

One says he had to fill out several ballots until his vote was eventually counted.

"I was basically voting straight party ticket and for some reason it just wouldn't register. I voted on the amendments and I think I had to do five ballots," said voter Brian Landum.

Election officials say they don't expect many more problems, but if you have any, there will be poll workers around to help. The polls will be open until 7:00 p.m.

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