Voting delayed by spider
Rehoboth Town Clerk Kathleen Conti says one of the town's aging voting machines, which she's been pressing to have replaced for several years, malfunctioned Tuesday morning.
She called a technician, who said a spider web apparently prevented the machine's scanner from counting ballots. Conti said all Rehoboth's voting machines received preventive maintenance a month ago.
The vote count wasn't completed until Wednesday afternoon.
Rehoboth voters favored Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney and incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, but went for Democratic U.S. House candidate Joseph Kennedy.
Rehoboth, with about 12,000 residents, is about 50 miles southwest of Boston.
Critical thinking challenge: What impact did this delay have on the presidential election, and why?
Define these words: incumbent, challenger, preventative
- Posted on November 8, 2012