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Technical problems delay Sioux Falls election results

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- Malfunctioning memory sticks in ballot-counting machines are being blamed for hiccups in the vote-tallying process during Tuesday's city election in Sioux Falls.

SIOUX FALLS (AP) - Malfunctioning memory sticks in ballot-counting machines are being blamed for hiccups in the vote-tallying process during Tuesday's city election in Sioux Falls.

Volunteers and members of the city auditor's office worked until about 10:30 p.m. counting the nearly 13,000 votes cast. The first results did not come in until about an hour and 45 minutes after the polls closed.

County Auditor Bob Litz told the Argus Leader newspaper that it wasn't a major problem. But for a time, election results posted on the city's website showed that 100 percent of the precincts had reported but that fewer than half of the votes had been counted.

City Clerk Tom Greco told KELO-TV that the technical issues caused "a lot of stress."

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