St. Louis City Alderman damages voting machine

St. Louis City Alderman damages voting machine

St. Louis City Alderman damages voting machine

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 6 at 9:54 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Sources tell News 4 St. Louis 8th Ward Alderman Stephen Conway damaged an electronic voting machine while voting Tuesday evening.

Gary Stoff, the Republican director of the city board of elections, confirmed Conway damaged the machine but believes he did not do so maliciously.

"I think it was an innocent, reflex kind of action," Stoff said.

The problem happened when Conway accidentally recorded the wrong selection on the touch-screen machine he was using.  The machine records the selections onto a paper receipt.

Conway tells News 4 that he ripped that paper receipt out of the machine, fearing the wrong vote would be counted.  But that, according to Stoff, broke the machine.

"I looked at the receipt and I didn't like what was on the receipt, so I took the receipt," Conway said.

Conway then took his receipt to a polling official for help.  The touch-screen had to be decommissioned for about half an hour until it could be replaced.

Conway said he was not aware that he had broken the machine. 

"There was no anger there," Conway said.  "It was just election day."

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