Voting machine malfunctions after power surge (MA)
The Patriot Ledger. November 4, 2009.
QUINCY — A power surge at Covenant Congregational Church caused a voting machine to malfunction about 5 p.m. Tuesday as voters were still filing into the Ward 3, Precinct 1 polling station.
City Clerk Joseph Shea said the city quickly replaced the machine and continued with business as usual, and no votes were lost.
“Where the first tape ped off, the second tape picked up,” he said, with 751 votes recorded on the first machine, and 220 votes on the second.
“It’s the first time it’s ever happened to me in 12 years,” Shea said. “The machines are getting old.”