Madison County election results feeding through after long delay

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Crews tabulating results by hand in Madison County (Photo: Shane Hays/WHNT)
Crews tabulated results by hand in Madison County until about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, when the computer feed caught up. Heather Carlton, in the green shirt, collected results for WHNT News 19. (Photo: Shane Hays/WHNT News 19)

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison County’s results are finally feeding through online after more than a three-hour delay on Tuesday evening.

WHNT News 19’s Kristen Conner reports the problem was not about getting results from the precincts.  It was about getting the totals online live, and posted in the courthouse live for public viewing. Election officials say it caused a big delay in the time it took for candidates to find out the results of their races.

Check the results here.

Until about 10:30 p.m. the county had printed out results from each precinct and workers were posting calculated votes manually. Election officials were posting the printed out results and taping them to boards for the public and reporters to view and pass along, old-school.

Election Administrator Frank Barger said the numbers from the precincts were coming into the courthouse as-planned, and this technical difficulty had no effect on the accuracy of those numbers collected at the precincts.

Barger said this was not something the Elections Office could control, and Madison County IT worked to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. The county had results from 72 of 74 precincts by 10:45 p.m.

By midnight, 73 of 74 precincts were reporting. The online tally issue was resolved, said Barger in an email to WHNT News 19.

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