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Aug 6 2010, 12:04am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Tennessee Computer Glitch Prevents Thousands From Voting
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Expect that whoever loses today's election in Tennessee will be challenging the results in court, as thousands of people were turned away at the polls when electronic cards erroneously said they already voted.
Election Commissioner Bill Giannini said that as many as 3,000 voters were taken to voting machines only to find that poll workers inadvertently used electronic cards from May's primary election.

An error would then pop up saying the individual had already voted in the August 5 election. Voters were allowed to submit a provisional ballot but many didn't want to go through the hassle.

"To have people just walk away, that’s disheartening," said one of the affected voters Tony Milton, in an interview with a local news station.

"We have not been able to determine with certainty why this issue occurred. We as a staff will look at why this occurred, so it won’t happen again," said Giannini.

Randy Wade, a candidate for county Sheriff, argued there was no way to know exactly how many people were affected. "The question has to be is it 3,000 or 30,000. We want some answers and not just hot air. That is only good for balloons and we are not flying those today," he said.

Nobody has officially cried foul as a result of the election glitch, but if there are any close calls you better believe there will be a re-election.

Via My Eyewitness News

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