Voters in Precinct 1 at the Kentwood Activities Center began tweeting first thing Election Day when a voting machine failed to work.
The issue: an incorrect processing card, said the Kentwood city clerk.
The machine was not processing ballots, but the problem was not spotted for about an hour after the precinct opened. When the problem was spotted, the ballots were entered into another machine at the city clerk’s office that worked correctly. There were several workers at the clerk’s office who had arrived to process absentee ballots but had not begun their work, which, the city clerk said, was a “saving grace.” Those workers processed the ballots the malfunctioning machine didn’t count.
The machine with the problem had been tested earlier in the week, but someone forgot to replace the test card with the correct card, said the clerk.