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Spider jams up voting machine

Published On: Nov 09 2012 09:20:58 AM CST
Updated On: Nov 11 2012 08:59:34 AM CST
Spider in web

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An itsy bitsy spider is to blame for jamming up a voting machine in Massachusetts.

Rehoboth Town Clerk Kathleen Conti called a technician after one of the town's aging voting machines malfunctioned during Tuesday's election, The Associated Press reported.

The machine stopped recognizing ballots, which threatened to delay voting results.

Staff counted votes by hand until the technician arrived and discovered that the eight-legged culprit's web had blocked a sensor in the machine, according to the Boston Globe.

"It was something as simple as that," Conti told the Globe. "We were cursing that spider. He’s still at large and we’re still looking for him."

The spider must have recently done his damage.

Staff performed maintenance on the 14-year-old machine about a month before the election and again on Oct. 30, and no problems were found, Conti told the Globe.