When Jim Johnson walked into the Hardin County Courthouse on Tuesday morning, he thought he knew what to expect.
As a longtime member of the county’s Absentee and Special Voters Precinct Board (ASVP), he’d been through the absentee ballot counting process before. Open ballots, run them through a tabulator, record write-ins, go home. But Tuesday proved to be more complicated for Johnson, his fellow board members and county employees, who didn’t finish the count and leave the courthouse until 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday. A mechanical malfunction, coupled with record absentee ballot numbers, slowed progress and delayed local results of Tuesday’s general election.