Election Law

Spider, Not Fraud, Delays Vote Count in Massachusetts Town

An aging voting machine and an industrious spider are being blamed for delays in vote counting Tuesday after polls closed in Rehoboth, Mass.

Election officials finally finished tallying votes on Wednesday afternoon after a technician found the source of a machine’s malfunction: a Web was preventing the machine’s scanner from counting ballots, the Sun Chronicle reports.

Town Clerk Kathleen Conti has reportedly been trying to get the 14-year-old machines replaced for years.

Hat Tip: Election Law Blog

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