It took more than 21 hours from the time polls closed Tuesday night for Fairfax County, the putative high-tech
capital of the region, to get final election results from its new, computerized vote machines.
Widespread problems in the system, which the county paid $3.5 million to install, also opened the door to
possible election challenges by party leaders and candidates. ...
School Board member Rita S. Thompson (R), who lost a close race to retain her at-large seat, said yesterday
that the new computers might have taken votes from her. ...
In response to Thompson's complaints, county officials tested one of the machines in question
yesterday and discovered that it seemed to subtract a vote for Thompson in about "one out of a hundred tries," said Margaret
K. Luca, secretary of the county Board of Elections. ...
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