Ballots too big in at least 25 Illinois counties, including Macoupin

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by KMOV/AP

KMOV.com

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 9:27 PM

CHICAGO (AP/KMOV) -- Election officials say nearly a quarter of Illinois counties and the city of Aurora are reporting that some primary ballots are too large and don't fit into scanning machines.

Jane Gasperin of the Illinois State Board of Elections says all votes will be counted, but tallying may go slower than usual in affected counties.

She says ballots from two vendors are causing problems in 25 counties. But not all precincts in those counties are affected. Some ballots are fine, even in the affected precincts.

According to Diane Phelps, polling workers in the affected counties are urging voters to use their automated touch screen machines instead. If not, voters may wait until an official can cut down the paper ballot to fit through the machine.

The graphics company that printed primary ballots too large to fit into scanning machines in Illinois is explaining what happened and apologizing.
  
In a news release, ABS Graphics says it has identified a single production line in which the trim was a bit wider than could fit in the machines. It says testing did not reveal the problems.
  
The company says only a fraction of the ballots were affected, but the Illinois State Board of Elections says the problem ballots turned up in nearly a quarter of the state's 102 counties. The problem affected hundreds, if not thousands of ballots.

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

 

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