Itsy Bitsy Spider Screws Up Vote Count

REHOBOTH, Mass. (November 8, 2012)—Rehoboth, Mass., Town Clerk Kathleen Conti says one of the town's aging voting machines malfunctioned Tuesday morning, delaying the vote count.

Conti called a technician, who said a spider web evidently prevented the machine's scanner from counting ballots.

As a result, the vote count wasn't completed until Wednesday afternoon.

Conti told The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro that all Rehoboth's voting machines received preventive maintenance a month ago.

Rehoboth voters favored Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney and incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, but went for Democratic U.S. House candidate Joseph Kennedy III.

Rehoboth, with about 12,000 residents, is about 50 miles southwest of Boston.

Conti says she has been pressing to have the machines replaced for several years.

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