Cook County slowly counts ballots

Engineers from the company that sold ballot counting hardware and software to Cook County are still trying to figure out why the systems aren't working.

However, county workers are slowly counting ballots. As of 10:27 p.m, 334,000 ballots, or 34 percent of today's vote, had been counted, Cook County election officials say.


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

The vice president of Sequoia, the company that built the hardware and software the county's using for vote counting, says 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," says Sequoia Vice President Ed Smith. "But getting through the final bit," is proving difficult.

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.