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As voters prepare to cast ballots this fall, one county says it will have to tally its election numbers by hand.

Yamhill County has only two items on its ballot. Some county residents will take part in the First Congressional District primary. And the city of Newberg votes on Measure 36-149, a proposal concerning tax changes.

Yamhill County Clerk Rebekah Stern Doll says a test of the county's vote tally system last week turned up problems. The official password and encription key will no longer access the database needed for vote counts. Doll says after learning how long a technical fix would take, she's opting for a hand count next week.

"Fortunately it's a small election," she said. "It's not as bad as it could be. We just had to add to our election boards for election day to hand count the ballots."

Doll has lined up three more people to help Tuesday night, on top of the thirteen people who'd usually be working.  She says the elections division has experience with hand counts. She's confident the system will be back online by January.

This story originally appeared on news.opb.org.

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