JoCo plans 1,000 new machines, workers for Nov. elections

Posted: 10:25 AM, Aug 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-27 22:35:18Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Johnson County Election Office said Monday it plans to deploy 1,000 additional voting machines and recruit 1,000 more election workers to handle any problems in November’s general election.

The pledge comes after the election office suffered lengthy delays in reporting vote results in the Aug. 7 primary election.

The office, a partner Election Systems and Software, addressed the issue Monday, with the company citing a software issue as the cause of the delay.

"After exhaustive analysis to pinpoint the issue, we rewrote the portion of code that caused the issue, and initial tests of the optimized code were successful,” said Tom Burt, president and CEO of ES&S said in a release. “We will continue testing, and we look forward to federal certification of the optimized software.”

Burt and election officials say the code still needs federal approval. Should that not come in time for November, the company says it has an “alternate reporting process” that would speed up reporting of results.

“The slow reporting of results was a serious issue, and we are grateful that ES&S has taken full accountability for the problem,” Ronnie Metsker, Johnson County Election Commissioner, said in the release. “The vote was always secure, the voting machines themselves worked as planned, and we are pleased that more than 120,000 Johnson County residents took part in the democratic process. After extensive discussions with ES&S and other outside experts, we have confidence in the resolution for the slow reporting of results as well as confidence in every other aspect of the election process.”