EBR election results delayed

EBR election results delayed
State officials say they're working hard to keep the polls safe during COVID-19. (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Equipment problems have significantly delayed election results from East Baton Rouge parish.

As of 9:40 p.m. Saturday, July 11, only absentee ballot results had been made public. The polls closed at 8 p.m. Saturday.

A worker at the Clerk of Court’s office told WAFB that a machine used to read cartridges from voting machines malfunctioned.

The Secretary of State’s office released a statement to WAFB regarding the delays in EBR election results.

“The Secretary of State’s office always strives to provide the public with rapid results on election night. However, accuracy must be prioritized over speed, and in the midst of a pandemic, the entire state did an excellent job of running an election. EBR did experience some minor technical setbacks that resulted in slower returns, but all votes were accurately tallied and the delay was itself very minor. We want to thank all the people who worked under extreme circumstances to hold a successful election.”

The equipment was repaired just after 9 p.m. Saturday.

The worker said results should start posting “soon.”

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