Frayed belt on voting machine slowed results in Brown County

ABERDEEN, S.D. Election night lasted a little longer than expected at the Brown County Auditor's office.

There was a frayed belt on a voting machine and help was down in Sioux Falls. While office staff waited for a new belt to arrive, they continued to feed the machine small batches of ballots to continue counting.

The company who made the machine, ES&S, stopped by before the primaries and everything checked out. This time, the error message was different and the company said the issue was with the belt in the back.

"Sure enough it had slipped off its channel. Well, when we pushed it back on the channel, it worked fine. But then as it rotated, it began to slip again," explains Maxine Fischer, Brown County Auditor.

The counting for the ballots started a little after 7 p.m. on Election Day to 2:15 a.m on Wednesday.

The city commissioners are discussing an upgrade to the voting machine, but nothing is set in stone quite yet.

"You want to make sure you have a piece of equipment that you know will help speed up the process," says Duane Sutton, Brown County Commissioner.

IF they decide to upgrade, the machine will be passed onto a rural county needing an upgrade to their voting machine. The quote received for the upgrade is $125,000, but the city commission wants to spread out the payments over a few years.



 
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