Some ballots rejected by voting machines in Northampton

Northampton reported a very high voter turnout

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Several dozen official ballots had to be hand counted Tuesday night, according to the Northampton City Clerk.

City Clerk Wendy Mazza told 22News some ballots were too thick and others were too wide, causing them to be rejected by the voting machines. She said they didn’t have any trouble with the folded absentee and early voting ballots, which was an issue in the town of Amherst.

The problems Northampton experienced were with the state’s official flat ballots that every voter gets when they vote on Election Day. Mazza claims they were not consistently and uniformly cut and Ward 3 in Northampton is reporting that every 7th or 8th ballot that enters the machine is getting rejected.

Mazza said the ballots would all be counted by hand, which possibly delayed the process slightly.

Northampton also reported a very high voter turnout.

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