A problem with a voting machine Tuesday night caused a long wait for the unofficial final results to be posted by the Cole County Clerk’s Office.
According to clerk’s officials, a machine counting votes at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Southwest Boulevard (Ward 4, Precinct 1) appeared to show the correct number of ballots cast, but as election officials went through the results, the indications were the machine had somehow double-counted the votes.
Election officials were not sure what caused the malfunction, but they had to get a new machine and put the ballots through it again to make sure the count was accurate.
As of 9:45 p.m., just over 200 of the 536 ballots cast had been gone through. Final results were posted at 10:10 p.m.