Machine at Johnson County Election office crashes, forces workers to recount votes

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. -- The results are finally in for Johnson County Wednesday after a computer glitch caused a major delay.

Election workers were up all night recounting votes after a technical glitch Tuesday.

According to the workers, they were just about finished with running the ballots through the process when the machine crashed and forced them to start all over.

Election officials tweeted this early Wednesday, "We overwhelmed our system scanning paper ballots. We were forced to start over with the latest backup from 8pm. Our team continues to work tabulating results and will provide updates as they’re available."

The focus overnight was on the mail-in ballots.

The Johnson County Election Office received thousands of mail-in ballots from Johnson County voters living overseas, and they were three hours into it when the machines crashed.

Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker says this is the first time anything like this has happened in Johnson County.

"We haven't lost the ballots, they are still here, they can go back through the scanner again," Metsker said.

Metsker added that he was more concerned with getting the results correct rather than meeting a deadline.

"What we are about is getting it right, making it right," Metsker said. "Not necessarily about meeting some kind of artificial time deadline that our culture sets that we need to be done by 9:58 in time for the 10 o'clock evening news."