King County delays election results due to equipment problem

November 7, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 6 p.m. Nov. 7, 2012

King County Elections planned to release results at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, but officials delayed the report until 6:30 p.m. due to a problem with the ballot-scanning system.

Officials attributed the problem to the ballot-scanning system the record volume of ballots handled by the elections office. The equipment vendor is on site at the elections headquarters in Renton, and resolved the problem by 6 p.m., officials said in a statement.

The elections office plans to include about 50,000 ballots in the next tally.

King County is the largest county in the United States to conduct all-mail elections.

Ballots continue to arrive at the elections office. Officials received about 985,000 ballots so far — or 84 percent turnout in the general election to date.

Officials forecast 87 percent turnout countywide for the election — a record.

Voters returned more than 132,000 ballots to drop box locations in Issaquah and countywide on Monday and Tuesday.

Ballot processing is expected to resume as normal Thursday. Processing continues until every ballot is counted and the election is certified Nov. 27. Expect results updates on most weekdays at 4:30 p.m.

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