Duval County vote count could have ‘delay’ after ballot size snafu

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Voting machine issues are cropping up in Jacksonville precincts as Election Day continues. And “unscanned ballots,” some worry, may add drama to the count this evening.

The problem: the width of some ballots, mostly but not exclusively NPA, is too broad for the tabulation machine.

However, Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan expressed confidence, saying the size issue “might delay it somewhat but we plan on finishing it tonight.”

We reported this morning about ballot tabulation issues at Mandarin’s Precinct 606, where a machine had rejected ballots, requiring a manual count

Similar voting machine failures happened at Precinct 510 in Jacksonville, and throughout much of the rest of the city.

This didn’t reassure one tipster: “I tried to insert my ballot four times and it kept getting rejected. So they then told me to put it in some slot manually. It’s not secure. There’s a stack just sitting there. Anyone could reach out and grab them.”

Duval Democratic Party chair Lisa King described a situation where bags of “unscanned ballots” will be taken to the SOE office for input, where the machines have more “play.”

Hogan explained it: “some ballots (mostly NPA) have a width problem.”

“The ballots were tested weeks ago by our IT staff with no problems, we also had a test deck of ballots from the printer, no problem. We also tested the ballots when we held the Logistics & Accuracy public test,  performed and attested by the Canvassing Board – no problems,” Hogan added.

“The problem is not in every precinct. Standard operating procedures were followed by the Precinct staff and all tabulated ballots are placed in an specifically designed, emergency locked compartment on the tabulator,” Hogan asserted.

“After the Poll closes those ballots will be rescanned on the Precinct tabulator, if they still fail they will be placed in an locked bag and transported to the Election Center to be counted.  Every vote will be counted and accuracy will be maintained.”

Meanwhile, there are numerous contentious local elections.

In HD 15, Hogan’s son Joseph is running for the Republican nomination. In HD 14, Rep. Kim Daniels faces a primary from well-funded and connected Paula Wright, a race suffused with brutal oppo hits and everything that goes along with them.

In Florida’s 5th Congressional District, former Mayor Alvin Brown has an uphill battle against U.S. Rep. Al Lawson.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


4 comments

  • Scott

    August 28, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    My ballot did not take the first time at Faith Baptist. I saw no indication that it was counted because no numbers on machine changed

    • Judy Spangler

      August 28, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      I am very concerned about election security this year. The Republicans voted down 2 separate bills that would’ve updated our voting / ballot machines…why…why wouldn’t they want our votes to be secure? And Governor Scott is just as bad as the GOP Congress if you ask me. He took $700 million dollars OUT of the water management budget…and now just LOOK at our waterways…they’re fluorescent GREEN …yuck. Yet he wants to blame everyone else…when HE,as our GOVERNOR, is in charge of the budget. And since most of his Party doesn’t even BELIEVE in climate change …they’re not going to listen to the scientists who can advise how to best address the issue. I’m voting for those who believe in climate change & science: Democrats.

      • Layne

        August 29, 2018 at 4:18 am

        Shut up… be a part of the solution not a part of the problem. Instead of whining give us answers, since you’re so concerned and ran for governor what was your platform?

        • Judy Spangler

          August 29, 2018 at 7:29 am

          Not sure to whom your response is directed and whom it was who “ran for Governor” ?????

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