Malfunction puts votes before a judge in N. Ky.

\LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Voting machine malfunctions at a precinct in northern Kentucky have caused elections officials to go before a judge.

Secretary of State spokesman Les Fugate says at least two machines in Kenton County weren't properly registering straight-ticket votes.

The malfunctions could impact the tightly contested state Senate race between incumbent Republican Jack Westwood of Crescent City and Democrat Kathy Groop, an activist with a public relations background.

Fugate says Kenton County Clerk of Court Rodney Eldredge opted to go before a judge to decide how to handle the problem.

Eldredge could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday morning.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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