Malfunctioning machines pulled in N. Ky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A northern Kentucky county has shut down more than 100 electronic voting machines after the equipment malfunctioned.

Kenton County Clerk Rodney Eldridge says the 108 eSlate machines in that county were taken out of service Tuesday morning. The machines weren't lighting up when someone voted a straight-party ticket of all Democrats or Republicans.

Eldridge said the problem arose just after 9 a.m.

Secretary of State spokesman Les Fugate says the Kenton County Board of Elections made the decision to remove the machines, but other voting machines are still available. Fugate says voters needing assistance will receive it at the polling place.

Eldridge says a check of the machines showed the votes were being recorded, but not displayed to the voters. He says the votes cast before the shutdown will be counted.

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

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