Broken scanner leads to "leap of faith"
TAMPA -- The scanner at the Ed Radice Sports Complex was broken this morning, forcing many voters to leave the later scanning of their ballots in the hands of poll workers, according to one voter.
Joe Walter, who voted at about 7:40 a.m. in Precinct 526, said the poll's only voting machine wasn't consistently scanning ballots -- it scanned his first page but not the second. Poll workers collected the unscanned ballots in a big envelope, promising to scan them as soon as possible.
"It's kind of a leap of faith," Walter said. He estimated that about 75 people were affected.
Mia McCormick, a spokeswoman for the elections office, said those ballots were put into an emergency ballot box and will all be counted. The scanner has since been fixed, she said.
Kim Wilmath, Times staff writer