What went wrong: A timeline of election day
Issues with Hancock County’s voting equipment software left three local races in flux Tuesday after election workers learned more than 2,000 ballots contained errors.
Before 6 a.m.
Poll workers across Hancock County report issues trying to install a vendor update to the county’s voting equipment software. The problem causes delays, but voting continues.
A voter at NineStar Connect’s north campus, which served as one of 12 polling places Tuesday, notices the two races for Hancock County commissioner are missing from the ballot.
The Hancock County Election Board issues a news release stating a computer glitch caused the commissioner races to be omitted at one polling site, and the issue was resolved by 10:30 a.m. The problem is perceived as relatively minor.
The final voter finishes casting a ballot at the Hancock County Courthouse Annex, which is then opened to members of the public eager to watch results roll in.
A representative of Election Systems & Software, the county’s election equipment vendor, notifies county officials the computer glitch spotted at NineStar Connect actually affected five polling sites — not one.
Members of the election board come before a crowded room of spectators and announce that 2,000-plus ballots were incomplete, leaving results for three local races in limbo. The partial ballots will have to be recreated on new ballots and counted by hand today.