Incorrect ballots, voting machine problem among Election Day mishaps


LIVE IN CHICOPEE, AA, 22NEWS SOME INCORRECT BALLOTS WERE DELIVERED TO THE POLLS IN SPRINGFIELD’S WARD 4. BALLOTS FOR A DIFFERENT WARD OF THE CITY …WERE INSTEAD DELIVERED TO WARD 4. THE ISSUE HAS SINCE BEEN CORRECTED. 22NEWS HAS CONTACTED SPRINGFIELD’S ELECTION COMMISSIONER…. AND A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE MAYOR’S OFFICE…. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE ERROR… AND WE ARE WAITING TO HEAR BACK. VOTERS IN AGAWAM ALSO EXPERIENCED ISSUES THIS MORNING. 22NEWS REPORTER TAMARA SACHARCZYK JOINS US LIVE IN THE STUDIO …AFTER GOING TO AGAWAM JR. HIGH SCHOOL… WHERE A VOTING MACHINE MALFUNCTIONED. WE RECEIVED EMAILS THROUGH OUR REPORTIT FEATURE, THAT A VOTING MACHINE HAD STOPPED COUNTING BALLOTS IN AGAWAM. I WENT TO AGAWAM JR. HIGH SCHOOL, WHERE THE MACHINE HAD TEMPORARILY STOPPED WORKING. THE PROBLEM OCCURED EARLY THIS MORNING, WHEN THE MACHINE’S POWER UNIT FAILED. MICHAEL MERCADANTE, AN ELECTION CONSTABLE IN AGAWAM TOLD 22NEWS – THIS HAD NO IMPACT ON VOTING, AND THEY NEVER HAD TO TURN ANY VOTERS AWAY. RESIDENTS GAVE THEIR BALLOTS TO ELECTION WORKERS, AND THE ELECTION WORKERS THEN PUT ALL OF THE BALLOTS INTO A TEMPORARY BOX, WHILE THE MACHINE WAS BEING REPAIRED. ONE OF THE TECHS CAME, THAT’S OVERSEEING THESE NEW MACHINES, AND THEY SWITCHED IT OVER TO BATTERY POWER, AND THEY’RE RUNNING THE BATTERY CHARGER TO KEEP THE BATTERY CHARGED. THE REPAIRS TOOK ABOUT 20 MINUTES TO COMPLETE . MERCADANTE SAID – HE THEN PUT ALL OF THE BALLOTS INTO THE MACHINE, ONCE IT WAS WORKING PROPERLY AGAIN. A TECHNICIAN IS STILL AT THAT POLLING STATION, JUST INCASE IT

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