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KY: 108 Hart InterCivic Voting Machines Removed

KY: 108 Hart InterCivic Voting Machines Removed from Service by Judge

Order Follows Straight-Party Ballot Failures Reported to be Affecting 'Tightly Contested State Senate Race'...

By Brad Friedman, The BRAD BLOG

"More than 100 voting machines in Kenton County have been shut down on a judge's order" after they failed to properly register straight-party votes in Kentucky.

The failed machines are Hart InterCivic eSlate DREs (Direct Recording Electronic devices, usually touch-screen, though Hart's machines use a wheel and a button instead of a touch-screen). These are the same machines which Hart spokesman Peter Lichtenheld had previously argued could not lose or flip votes after they were similarly reported to have not been recording straight-ticket ballots correctly in Houston last week. Details from WLWT, a local KY NBC affiliate, follow...

Kenton Co. Orders 108 Voting Machines Shut Down

More than 100 voting machines in Kenton County have been shut down on a judge's order.

Secretary of State spokesman Les Fugate said at least two machines in Kenton County weren't properly registering straight-ticket votes.

The malfunctions could impact the tightly contested state Senate race between incumbent Republican Jack Westwood of Crescent City and Democrat Kathy Groop, an activist with a public relations background.

Fugate said Kenton County Clerk of Court Rodney Eldredge opted to go before a judge to decide how to handle the problem.

Shortly before 11 a.m., the judge ordered that 108 eSlate machines be turned off.

UPDATE: Cincinnati.com has a bit more...

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