Make us your home page

The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Update on the computer glitch affecting some absentee ballots



The glitch caused delays at some county offices and just created more work for others.

The Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections said it sent out 5,094 absentee ballots Friday, two days later than planned.

“It delayed our process,” said spokesman Travis Abercrombie. “We waited to get the okay from the state.”

Officials in both Pinellas and Hillsborough counties say they are now manually double-checking addresses before they send ballots out.
Pinellas officials said earlier this week they had identified 57 problematic addresses, of which 24 would have gone to the wrong place had they not caught the error in time. In Hillsborough, 45 people had the wrong information.

Both offices have been able to fix the problems.

“We feel pretty confident that the correct information went out to the correct voters,” Abercrombie said.

Kameel Stanley, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Friday, October 15, 2010 3:51pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours