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Election officials forced to use scissors on ballots too wide

Angela Moore, center, and other election judges trim ballots that were too wide to fit in counting machines at the West Branch Public Library in Aurora on Tuesday. (William DeShazer, Chicago Tribune / March 20, 2012)

Angela Moore, center, and other election judges trim ballots that were too wide to fit in counting machines at the West Branch Public Library in Aurora on Tuesday. (William DeShazer, Chicago Tribune / March 20, 2012)

Paper ballots too wide to fit in counting machines sent election officials in 25 counties scrambling for scissors Tuesday, but authorities said the problem likely affected only a few thousand ballots.

There were no reports of anyone unable to vote, but counting was slower in some areas because of the problem, local and state officials said.

In DuPage County — the most populous county affected — only 23 of the county’s 360 polling locations experienced problems, equaling hundreds of ballots, not thousands, an election spokesman said.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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