Oversized ballots cause issues in McLean, Tazewell, DeWitt

2012-03-20T20:34:00Z 2012-03-21T23:44:55Z Oversized ballots cause issues in McLean, Tazewell, DeWittPantagraph staff with AP reports pantagraph.com
March 20, 2012 8:34 pm  • 

BLOOMINGTON — Three Central Illinois counties had some minor problems Tuesday with a few ballots that were too big to go through the voting tabulation machines.

They were among 24 counties to report the problem in at least some precincts. Jane Gasperin of the Illinois State Board of Elections said all votes would be counted, but tallying would be slower than usual in affected counties.

McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael said nine or 10 precincts reported some problems. Until judges determined what was causing the problem, ballots that wouldn’t go through the machine were placed in a locked area on the side of the ballot box.

When it was determined that some ballots were just too big, judges started trimming the sides to be sure they would fit.

“This is a first,” said Tazewell County Clerk Christie Webb, who also had similar problems in a few of her precincts.

When polls first opened at 6 a.m. and problems were reported, runners were sent out to fix the machines. Then it was determined it was just the ballot size.

DeWitt County also reported the same problem at a few of its precincts.

Counties reporting ballot size problems were: Winnebago, Vermilion, Iroquois, Douglas, Knox, Grundy, McLean, Warren, Lee, Bond, Bureau, Christian, Clark, Coles, DeWitt, DuPage, Edgar, Macon, Macoupin, Moultrie, Putnam, Rock Island, Shelby and Tazewell.

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