HAGERSTOWN - An electrical outage at a Washington County polling place last year was one of the few local problems described Tuesday to a statewide task force examining voting irregularities.
The episode showed what can go wrong on Election Day - and how quickly it can be conquered.
A construction problem caused a "totally unexpected" power failure at the polling place, Maranatha Brethren Church off Jefferson Boulevard, said Charles L. "Jim" Mobley Jr., the president of the county's board of elections at the time.
Mobley said a battery backup for the voting machines kicked in, then an election judge brought in a generator as a power supply.
"The precinct never shut down," he said.
The task force, created by Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, is gathering feedback on election problems.
Aside from a few late-opening polling places, the rest of the process also worked well last year, county election officials told the task force.