REHOBOTH — A vote counting machine in Precinct 1 at Town Hall was out of commission for almost four hours Tuesday, and election workers were forced to hand count about 800 ballots, delaying results into early morning hours.
Town Clerk Kathleen Conti said a technician was called to repair the machine, and she had hoped the ballots that couldn’t be counted at the time residents voted could later be fed into the counter when it was fixed.
However, Conti was informed by state election officials the uncounted ballots had to be hand counted.
She said the voting machines are 14 years old and need to be replaced. She is asking the town to fund new ones.
The town has two other precincts, each which has a counter.