Tuesday’s storm didn’t just bring heavy downpours and thunder to the area; it also interfered with Election Day in Southampton.
According to town clerk Janine Domina, a wet ballot got jammed in the machine during peak hours and forced the community members to count more than 450 ballots by hand.
“We tried to remove the jam, and I guess we didn’t get all of it,” Domina told 22News. “We were in contact with the people who own the unit, and they’re up in New Hampshire.”
It took that company an hour and a half to bring the town of Southampton a new voting machine from New Hampshire.
Eight members from the community were broken into groups. According to the town clerk, they counted ballots until 1 A.M. Wednesday.
Out of the town’s more than 4100 registered voters, nearly 1700 turned out to cast their ballots.
Southampton also passed an override that would raise more than $493,000 in additional taxes to fund multiple town departments.