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Nov 9, 2012 12:38 AM by Q2 News

Ballot counting expected to finish early Friday morning

BILLINGS - Just after 8 p.m. Thursday, Yellowstone County Election Administrator Brett Rutherford announced - all candidate ballots are counted, and all election results should be finalized early Friday morning.
The ballot counting machines are working properly again, after a technician arrived at 1 a.m. Thursday and made the repairs, at MetraPark's Montana Pavilion.
The elections office has now posted its completed numbers on the candidate races and still needs to count more than 20,000 of the second page of the ballots.
That page includes Legislative referendum 122, Initiative Referendum 124 and Initiative 166.
Rutherford says it was the folds in the absentee ballots that caused the machines to jam.
"I'd predict we'll probably get through all the scanning by one or two," Rutherford said. "Then we have to do the resolution ballots, anybody who spilled coffee on their ballots, used the wrong color pen or something like that. We might have to do something with that and that takes quite a while. We'll probably be here until two or three in the morning I bet until we're all wrapped up."
The technician has been on stand-by and will be available until all the counting is done.
Rutherford says the delays will not affect the canvassing of the ballots, that needs to be done on Tuesday.

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