Sep 13, 2016 7:06 PM

Absentee ballots too wide for counting machines, replacement ballots sent out

CONCORD — Absentee ballots sent to local election officials in 50 different voting precincts were too wide to fit into the automated counting machines.

Humidity and cuts made against the grain of paper led to the wide ballots, the Union Leader reported on Friday.

Replacement ballots were sent to all the affected towns, but due to the glitch some of the votes will have to be hand counted, Secretary of State Bill Gardner said.

All absentee ballots were originally printed in late July.

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