Counting the more than 19,000 votes cast in Tuesday's primary election was delayed for about an hour while election workers tallied the 833 ballots cast during early voting, Washington County Election Director Kaye Robucci said Wednesday.
The primary election was the first in which Maryland voters could vote early, and in Washington County that was done from Sept. 3 to 9 at the former PNC Bank building at 128 W. Washington St., Robucci said. The 14 voting machines used during early voting were kept secure from Sept. 9 until the polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, she said.
Members of the county Board of Elections then opened the machines and ran the totals, Robucci said.
"It took about an hour. ... It's a time-consuming process," Robucci said.
The county was required to supply the state Board of Elections with a report on the early-voting numbers before proceeding with the rest of the count, she said.