Computer, software problems halt Cook County vote count

Cook County election results are being held up because of a problem with the system that converts the voting data into properly formatted resuts.

As of 10:10 p.m., 334,000 ballots had been counted, or 34 percent, of the turnout.

The vice president of Sequoia, the company that built the hardware and software the county's using for vote counting, said two teams of company engineers are working on the problem but aren't yet sure what is wrong or how long it will take to fix it.

"We have the data down here, we have the votes, they're secure, they're in the data base," said Sequoia Vice President Ed Smith. "But getting through the final bit (that's what is not working no)."

Director of Elections Jan Kralovec says 95 percent of the voting data has been transmitted to the county building. But much of the data is encrypted and unreadable, Smith says.