Boone County officials are searching for an answer to the computer glitch that spewed out impossible numbers and interrupted an otherwise uneventful election process Tuesday.
The breakdown came as an eager crowd watched computer-generated vote totals being projected onto a wall of the Boone County Courthouse rotunda.
"I about had a heart attack," said County Clerk Lisa Garofolo. "I'm assuming the glitch was in the software."
A lengthy collaboration between the county's information technology director and advisers from the MicroVote software producer fixed the problem. But before that, computer readings of stored voting machine data showed far more votes than registered voters.
"It was like 144,000 votes cast," said Garofolo, whose corrected accounting showed just 5,352 ballots from a pool of less than 19,000 registered voters. "Believe me, there was nobody more shook up than I was."
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