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Broken voting machine delays Scarborough results (ME)
Keep Me Current. November 4, 2008. By Al Edwards

SCARBOROUGH (Nov 4, 2008): The results of a vote on slot machines at Scarborough Downs won't be known until around Wednesday noon after a voting machine broke Tuesday night.

Volunteers calculating votes at Scarborough High School are reprocessing nearly 12,000 votes after a memory card malfunctioned in one of the three voting machines at the state's largest polling site on Tuesday night.

Scarborough processed 6,000 absentee ballots by Monday evening. Because election officials were unsure which machines had processed the absentee ballots, they decided to recount all of the ballots to be safe.

"If there's any doubt or any question, we need to make sure it's counted right," said Scarborough Town Manager Tom Hall. "We have a good group of volunteers who will make sure the votes get counted correctly."

The reprocessing could delay results on Question 2, which would allow a casino in Oxford County, said Dennis Bailey, spokesman for Casinos NO!, while at an election night party at Chicago Dogs in Scarborough.

"If the votes are within 3,000 and Scarborough doesn't have its votes counted, their votes would be the deciding factor," he said.


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