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New Maine Voting Machines Mostly a Hit
11/13/2012 10:18 AM ET  

Town clerks across the state, who used to rely on hand counting to tally ballots, say new vote counting machines saved their offices lots of time on Election Day.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ New vote counting machines many Maine communities received as part of a federal initiative were a hit with many town clerks, dramatically cutting down the time it took to count ballots on Election Day.

Sidney Town Clerk Shawna Foye said the town's votes were counted by 9:30 p.m., while hand counting would have taken until 4 or 5 a.m.

Megan Sanborn, spokeswoman for the Secretary of State, tells the Kennebec Journal that most of the 64 municipalities that received the machines had been hand-counting ballots.

Not everything ran smoothly.

Some town officials reported minor problems with the machines.

The election staff in Waterville was concerned initially when one of the machines that accepts ballots appeared to stop working. City Clerk Patti Dubois says it was simply being ``finicky.''


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