Technical issues delay test of voting machines
Published: August 30, 2012
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ST. CROIX - The St. Croix Board of Elections approved a ballot for the primary election on Wednesday - but postponed the start of voting machine testing until today after issues arose that stalled the testing process.
The board had intended to start the testing and certification process for the voting machines on Wednesday afternoon, but wound up having to wait for some technical issues to be ironed out.
St. Croix Business Machines had not finished printing the voting machine ballots, and technicians doing contract work for the Elections System were working to correct a computer issue so that they could then burn the memory cartridges for the voting machines, said Elections Board Chair Rupert Ross Jr.
Ultimately, after close of business Wednesday, Ross said that the board had decided to break for the evening and that testing of the machines on St. Croix would instead begin at 9 a.m. today, when officials hope the issues will be resolved.
Testing of voting machines on St. Thomas also was postponed Wednesday. It will take place at 11:30 a.m. today at the Elections Office on Crystal Gade.
Ross also said the St. Croix board on Wednesday morning had discussed and approved a policy for counting paper ballots.
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