Group Continues Review Of Vote Counting Delays In Minnehaha County

Committee still reviewing the delay in the Nov. election

The committee tasked with reviewing the hours-long vote-counting delay in a South Dakota county during the Nov. 4 election still has work to be done.
    
The committee appointed by the Minnehaha County Commission is meeting again Friday. The committee is expected to present a final report on the delays before the Sioux Falls School Board election scheduled for April.
    
Oversensitive ballot-counting machines rejected too many absentee ballots during the general election, leading to a delay of several hours while election officials scrutinized ballots that had check marks instead of blacked-out ovals, random pen strikes or written notations.
    
The new machines were supposed to speed the vote-counting process, but the results were not fully reported by the county until about 14 hours after the polls closed.