Glitch In Electronic Ballots

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

October 24, 2006

A computer glitch is causing Virginia Senate Candidate James Webb's surname to be cut off on electronic ballots.

The Democrat should be listed on the ballot as James H. "Jim" Webb. However, some election computers can't accommodate long names, therefore, on the summary page his name shows up as James H. "Jim" without his last name Webb.

Election officials said the glitch may cause a little confusion, but they insist it won't cause votes to be cast incorrectly.

"If a person chose to vote for a particular candidate and they are missing part of their name on the summary page, that doesn't mean it doesn't count, it does count. When they press [the] cast ballot button they can be assured that that vote is going to count," said Charlottesville Registrar Sherri Lachetta.

Election officials said the error won't be fixed by Election Day, but the government is in the process of getting new election software that will correct this problem. It should be installed by the first of the year.

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