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Problem at Clarence voting location

Posted at 12:35 PM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 12:35:54-05

One of the ballot machines was down at Our Lady of Peace Church on Main Street in Clarence.

The machine read, "Ballot Jam.  The ballot has NOT been counted.  Please contact a poll worker."  Elections workers went into emergency protocol, and voters were instructed to place their ballots in an emergency bin.  The Elections Inspector at the location said sometimes jams happen, and that's why the emergency protocol exists.

"We went to emergency ballot mode.  And dropped the bin so the people could put them in the emergency ballot, called downtown, and they are sending out a Republican and Democrat representative," explained Debbie Michnik. 

Those two representatives will work together to scan the ballots in the emergency bin to ensure each vote is correctly counted.

Congressman Chris Collins voted at that location Tuesday morning.  The machine was down when he voted, so he placed his ballot in the emergency bin.  He said he's confident his vote will be counted.