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Officials deny complaints of election machine malfunctions in Texas

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However, in Chambers County, officials were forced to switch to paper ballots on the first day of early voting after a glitch in the machines was discovered. The glitch prevented votes in one local judicial race from registering when voters selected the straight GOP ticket option. Chambers County Clerk Heather Hawthorne said she noticed the problem first-hand when casting her own ballot and another voter had the same problem on another machine. Hawthorne said the problem was in the computer coding and all machines in the county were taken offline until it could be remedied.

Texas is not the only state to suffer early voting hiccups. Officials in Broward County, Fla., acknowledged what they said are a small number of ballots that omitted the state’s medical marijuana referendum were sent out to voters who requested a mail-in absentee ballot. Two voters said their ballots did not contain Amendment 2, which would permit the use of medicinal marijuana. Officials said they believe those voters were accidentally sent sample ballots that were not approved for official use. They said only seven such ballots out of the 173,000 absentee ballots sent out so far could have contained the problem.

– UPI

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