Software glitch delays final vote count in Hidalgo county.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 10:19am

A computer glitch at the Hidalgo County Elections Department delayed ballot counting and kept candidates on the edge of their seats, impatiently waiting to hear those much wanted results. It took several hours before a final count was completed, Michelle Macias spoke to county officials about the problem and brings us this story.

The one thing candidates hope to hear on Election Day is that they have won, but for many of them in Hidalgo county, celebrating a win had to be put on hold after a computer glitch happened during the uploading of the 10 precincts caused the software to count the early votes twice. Cari Lambrecht, spokesperson for the county, says the county's website listed results earlier in the evening that all precincts had reported in with numbers. At that time, it indicated incumbent District Attorney, Rene Guerra; County Judge candidate Ramon Garcia; Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate Joseph Palacios and a number of other candidates had won. Their celebration was halted when the Elections Department backed off the website numbers after discovering the software counted early votes twice.

The problem was caught at 9 p.m. Tuesday evening and officials re-tallied all the votes in all 140 precincts. The count was finally completed before 11:30 p.m. that evening.

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