Names of some candidates displayed incorrectly on Spanish ExpressVote ballots

This is a file image of an ExpressVote machine. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Board of Elections said Friday that the names of some candidates were displayed incorrectly on Spanish-language ballots on newly deployed voting ExpressVote machines.

Robert Rapoza, executive director of the Board of Elections, said the incident happened Wednesday in Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Woonsocket.

“Candidate names in the Democratic contests of mayor of Providence, Lt. Governor, and the Republican contests of Representative in Congress District 1 and General Treasurer were displayed incorrectly,” said Rapoza.

The executive director said they immediately notified ExpressVote system provider Election Systems & Software and the Secretary of State — who’s responsible for ballot design — of the issue.

“Within hours, the Spanish-language ballots displayed on the ExpressVote machines were corrected to reflect the accurate candidate names,” Rapoza said.

The problem, the Board of Elections said, affected up to 55 voters who cast their ballots using the ExpressVote machines, but only if they choose the Spanish-language option.

“We are working closely with ES&S and the Office of Secretary of State to understand how this error occurred, and to ensure that it never happens again,” said Rapoza. “I want to reassure all Rhode Island voters that this issue has been resolved and they can have full confidence casting their ballots utilizing ExpressVote ballot marking machines.”

Primary early voting started Aug. 24.

According to the Board of Elections, the ExpressVote machine is an assistive ballot marking device available at early voting locations and does not tabulate votes.

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