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Ranked-choice ballot count delayed due to memory stick issue

There's been a delay in the tabulation of the ranked-choice ballots, as Democrats wait for a gubernatorial candidate to be announced. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- There's been a delay in the tabulation of the ranked-choice ballots, as Democrats wait for a gubernatorial candidate to be announced.

It was looking like the ranked-choice results would be in Tuesday, when a problem was discovered with a few voting memory sticks not loading into the computer.

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says those memory sticks worked on election night, but now they won't download.

So Tuesday, he sent couriers out to collect the paper ballots from Westbrook, Gray, Lewiston, Ellsworth and Orland, where the memory devices stopped working.

"This is the beauty of having paper ballots,” Dunlap said. “We've been able to contact those towns. We're retrieving those ballots."

By Tuesday afternoon, those paper ballots were in the hands of tabulators, but a clerk said they still have a lot of work to do.

At a Republican rally in Augusta, former Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mary Mayhew poked fun at the fact that Democrats are still waiting for ranked-choice results.

"The Republicans here ready to lead,” Mayhew said. “And the Democrats, still trying to figure out through their support of ranked-choice voting, who their nominee is even going to be."

Secretary Dunlap says they knew it could take this long, but he says the paper ballots ensures the integrity of the vote.

"You have the paper ballots,” Dunlap said. “You can go back and reexamine those. And that's what we're doing now."

The Secretary of State's Office now says the ranked-choice tabulation will likely be run sometime Wednesday.

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