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Clerk Calls For Election Task Force As Ballots Are Tallied

People at the Monroe County Clerk's office were still counting votes Thursday.

The Monroe County Clerk’s office says it will push for the creation of a task force to keep the problems it has run into this election from happening again.

“We will ensure that a task force is created to work on a plan for the future to assure that every eligible voter in Monroe County is able to vote and that the public gets fast, accurate returns,” a press release sent out Thursday evening read.

The County Clerk’s office tried to reassure voters that it was doing all it could to keep the elections fair and accurate.

“The delay has been the result of efforts to ensure – without a shadow of a doubt – that all vote tallies from each polling place are counted exactly as intended,” the press released stated.

Vote counting was delayed because the Election Board made a controversial decision earlier this year to use paper ballots for the general election instead of the electronic system used in the primary. The counting was further delayed Wednesday when the county clerk and other election board members attended a presentation from representatives of a company whose electronic equipment the county may buy for 2012’s elections.

As of 7:00 PM Thursday, election officials in Bloomington were still sorting through ballots and the results of Tuesday’s election remain undeclared. Paper ballots caused trouble in the counting process and have delayed the results of the election for two days now.

The mood at the justice building remained tame as three republicans and three democrats worked together, going over the numbers from each precinct. Officials say they are close to finishing, with only a few precincts left to get through.

Eventually the winners of three city council at-large seats and the city council district one seat will be determined.

Check back for an update  on the status of vote counting Friday.

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