Printing Error Causes Election Tally Headache
ATLANTA—A printing error is forcing Gwinnett County election officials to hand copy votes from at least 10,000 absentee election ballots onto new ballots, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The reason: the original ballots, made to be filled out by hand, can't be read by optical scanning machines, as the circle next to the candidate's name is too thick and slightly misshapen.
The gaffe, while not apparent to the naked eye, forces the election office to transfer at least 10,000 votes to readable ballots. The county had sent out nearly 20,000 bad ballots before the error was discovered.