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State election computers back up

An overwhelming number of contested races for precinct committee officers caused a crash of the state’s main election computer, delaying tabulation of the U.S. Senate and multi-county congressional district races, officials said tonight. Service has since been restored, and updated numbers are being posted at

The Secretary of State’s office said it worked with Microsoft to get the problem fixed.

Spokane, like most counties, uses the state computer system to report vote counts. Spokane County Auditor Vicki Dalton said tonight that her staff has been unable to upload vote counts to the state computer.

Dalton said Spokane County posted a PDF file of the county vote totals and is continuing to try uploading to the state computers.