Albemarle Still Waiting to Count Votes from Broken Machine

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Albemarle County's Board of Elections is still stumped by a voting machine that's refusing to give up its data. 

At 4 p.m. on Election Day, precinct chiefs at the University Hall voting poll had a bit of a crisis on their hands. One of three touchscreen ballot machines froze and locked voters out. Emergency engineers tried to fix it, but could not get the machine to work or print out any of its results.

The machine collected 186 votes before going down.

The secretary of the electoral board says this is the first time something like this has ever happened.

"We have used these same machines in Albemarle County for 20 years now. This is our 20th anniversary and we've had in the past several occasions when the machines would freeze, but we've never ever, ever had the occasion where a machine would not print out the results that it had,” said Jim Heilman, Albemarle County Electoral Board secretary. 

An engineer from the machine's manufacturer is coming to the registrar's office on Thursday to retrieve the votes.

Officials say that engineer will be able to get the votes Thursday and from there they'll be tabulated by the county.

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