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BREAKING: Voting machines malfunction in Clay County

November 6, 2018—Some voting machines in Clay County did not work correctly this morning, but according to officials, votes will still be counted.
Patty Lamb, Republican director with the Clay County Election Board, said the known issues with the machines caused election officials to place an emergency bin at polling places. She said election officials created this procedure in the event of a voting machine malfunction.
“Machines have been fixed and all ballots have been run through,” she said. “We have fixed all machines that were having an issue.”

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Lamb said the ballots placed in the emergency bins this morning were not rejected.

For added convenience, an additional voting center has been opened in Gladstone. Clay County registered voters can also vote until 7 p.m. this evening at 2601 NE. Kendallwood Parkway, Suite 103, Gladstone, MO 64119, in the lower parking lot. The voting center was opened to allow voters who may be experiencing long lines, or insufficient parking at their registered location.

Democratic Director Tiffany Ellison did not have a comment on the issue prior to publication deadline.

Standard staff will provide updates on this issue as they become available.

By Kimberely Blackburn •

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6 Responses to BREAKING: Voting machines malfunction in Clay County

  1. Craig Reply

    November 6, 2018 at 11:27 am

    That’s great ! But why is there some sort of issue everytime we vote .It just seems so disorganized and frankly not very trustworthy .

  2. Rich Kopp Reply

    November 6, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Funny a Republican reported these problems. never would i guess. Plus no one at the Standard wants to put there name as Author of this news.

    • Kimberely Blackburn Reply

      November 6, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      Hello, I’m the managing editor of The Standard. All our author’s names are listed at the bottom of our posted articles. I wrote this one. Thanks for reading!

  3. Richard Zolnowski Reply

    November 6, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    I am the guy who stepped into your offices shortly after 9 a.m. and brought this issue to your attention. There were no emergency bins. They were using the bottom of the inoperable machine and in some locations stacking the ballots on a table. I was told that the issue was the polling place workers not pushing all of the right buttons on the machines. Seems like a little spin at work here.

  4. Roy Reply

    November 6, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Did the malfunction create a discrepancy in the votes?

  5. Richard Zolnowski Reply

    November 10, 2018 at 7:30 am

    No update on the emergency bins? There was no bin used at The Montgomery. Using the bottom of the machine seems like a rather poor procedure…if any ballots were scanned they were mixed with unscanbed ballots. So at this point it seems like there is reason to doubt the count. Your article doesn’t seem to be good reporting but rather an opportunity for someone to spin a lack of adequate control of a polling process.

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