Long night ahead for vote count in Volusia County

Filed under DAYTONA BEACH, VOLUSIA

BY ASHLEY THOMAS

DAYTONA TIMES

 

Volusia County votes are coming in slowly this Election Day as Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall explained to a room of about a dozen people that issues with 19 polling locations are calling for a long night.

“We had 400 absentee ballots come in just tonight,” said McFall, referring to the 7 p.m. hour.

The delay does not end there.

As McFall explained, a poll worker from a location in the Daytona Beach Shores area mistakenly erased an entire memory card where thousands of votes had been cast. Those votes must now be manually entered at the elections office.

Additionally, 18 polling locations had problems with their modem connections, which electronically sends ballots to the server in the elections office. Those votes never arrived. Now workers from the affected polling locations are driving the ballots to the office where they will all be tabulated. Each polling location can hold one to four precincts and account for about 4,000 votes each.

A tally from all locations as well as absentee and early votes are not expected until after 1 a.m.

By 9 p.m., the elections office had only tallied last week’s absentee ballots and voters still were standing in line to cast their ballots.

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