Jenna Elique, ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. (NCC News) – A technical malfunction delayed poll results by a half hour across Onondaga County.
Early voting increased the amount of information within a voting database the board of elections has used for the past four years, causing a delay in the return of the results.
County Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny said inexperience prevented the results from coming out on time.
“We used to just upload once and that’s all you’d get and we thought we had a way that was going to work. When you’re doing it for the first time, you can only do it live once. We realized there was a problem,” Czarny said.
The Board of Elections worked with the county IT department to fix the problem within the hour.
Czarny said the delay could have been much worse.
“I know we are in an instant gratification society but I remember when I in campaigns waiting til 1 o clock, 2 o clock in the morning for the results. And we’re still one of the fastest polling results in upstate New York,” Czarny said.
The county will continue to use the same vendor in the future despite the complication.