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New voting machines a success; delays due to workers

By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – Tuesday's primary marked the first chance for St. Louis County voters to use new touch-screen and optical scan voting machines. They replaced punch card ballots.

Election officials say the first-time experience was a success, but there was a significant delay in finalizing results.

County Election Board Chairman John Diehl says some votes could not be validated until noon Wednesday because poll workers didn't follow the proper procedures last night.

"When you have 450 polling places, 3,000 poll workers and 2,000 pieces of equipment out in the field for the first time, having problems with 12 and getting the results is not too bad in perspective," Diehl said.

Diehl says there were also a few touch-screen voting machines in the Ballwin area that had to be recalibrated yesterday, but they were never taken out of service. Voter turnout in St. Louis County was 15%.


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