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November 7, 2012

Glitch sends Pulaski election workers into frenzy late into evening

Somerset —  

Some 26,000 Pulaski Countians, excited by a frenzied presidential contest and municipal and school board races, went to the polls yesterday. 
However, a computer glitch ballooned totals on the monitor in the clerk’s office that showed results from yesterday’s balloting and delayed release of elections results. Computer discs from the precincts printed the correct totals that were released by the Pulaski County Board of Elections at about 11 p.m. last night.
“These totals (released at 11 p.m.) will be certified to the State Board of Elections tomorrow,” Rick Barker, veteran member of the election board, told the Commonwealth Journal. 
Barker and County Clerk Ralph Troxtell both assured that the glitch did not affect winners and losers in any race. With paper ballots, every contest has a paper trail so the integrity of the election is not in question.
As expected, Republican Mitt Romney was the favorite here with 20,584 votes. President Barack Obama, who at presstime apparently has won a second term in the White House, picked up only 4,934 votes in Pulaski County.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein got 51 votes; Independent candidate Randall A. Terry polled 93 votes; and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson was the favorite of 168 Pulaski Countians. The late results did not list any votes for the 11 write-in candidates for president.
Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, swamped Democrat Kenneth S. Stepp of Manchester in Pulaski County voting. Rogers polled 20,880 votes; Stepp got 4,274. Results from the 31-county 5th Congressional District were not available at presstime, but Rogers was a heavy favorite to win a 17th term in Congress.
Chris Girdler, unopposed to succeed retiring Vernie McGaha as state senator from the 15th Senatorial District, got 21,027 complimentary votes in Pulaski County. 
Five northern Pulaski County precincts in the 24th House District favored Republican M.J. “Bill” Pickerill over incumbent Democrat Terry Mills. Pickerill got 1,381 votes and Mills picked up 678. No results were available from Casey and Marion counties. Both Pickerill and Mills live in Lebanon.

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