CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Because of voter error and faulty ballots, more than 150 ballots had to be re-created Tuesday night when Jefferson County election officials were counting ballots during the primary election, Jefferson County Clerk Jennifer Maghan said Thursday.
For the first time on Tuesday, voters were able to use a new paper ballot system and new touch-screen voting machines.
With the new paper ballots, voters were instructed to fill in ovals beside candidate names.
Despite instructions on the ballot about how to fill in the ovals, some voters made an "x" in the oval, checked it or sometimes circled the candidates name, said Maghan, who updated the Jefferson County Commission on the election.
When that occurred, voting officials had to re-create the ballot so it could be properly counted in a new machine, which slowed the counting process Tuesday night, Maghan said.