The Washington Times - November 4, 2008, 12:46PM

Virginia State Board of Elections spokesman Ryan Enright confirmed to CNN’s Sarah Hagen that optical-scan paper ballots were being damaged by rain in Chesapeake, Va.

The rain water is apparently dripping off voters and onto the ballots. These wet ballots were being counted by officials only after they are dried in a secure container near the polling machines, Mr. Enright told CNN.


The Board of Elections encouraged voters to dry off before entering polling stations. This situation is not likely to affect voters’ wait times, but will make for a longer processing time for voting officials.

— Jen Calantone, intern, The Washington Times