The scanner machine that counts the ballots -- the one that you feed these new paper ballots into after you're done voting -- is not working at the busy American Legion precinct on Hooker Court, election officials said this morning.
They're scrambling now to reprogram another scanner and get it into service there at 79B, but it's possible the thousands of ballots likely to be cast there will ultimately have to be counted by hand. There are more than 4,200 registered voters in that district.
Meanwhile, voters are pouring into the polls across town.
Not counting the American Legion precinct, because tallies there are a little hard to come by at the moment, there were 4,045 votes cast by 8 a.m. this morning in Bristol - or 11.7 percent of the electorate. There are 34,720 registered voters in town.
The polls close at 8 p.m. tonight, but don't wait if you can help it. It's a lot easier to resolve problems earlier in the day than in the minutes before the doors close.
Be sure to bring identification with you that has your current address. If you do have any trouble voting, don't hesitate to check with the registrar's office and get some help. Things can go wrong, but they have good people trying to make sure everyone gets to vote.*******
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