Power outage hits elections office - FOX 13 News

Power outage hits elections office

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

A power outage caused a brief problem at elections headquarters in Hillsborough County.

Power was out for about 40 minutes today at the location on Falkenburg Road. A line of about 40 voters had to wait to cast their ballots.

Election officials say a backup generator kicked in as soon as the power went out.

Voters were filling out and dropping off absentee ballots at this location. One voter in lines said the outage wasn't a big deal.

"Things always go wrong. Nothing can ever go perfect, so something's bound to happen. You just have to stick it out and have a good attitude about it," offered Desiree Dirisio.

The location is where votes from all of Hillsborough County are tabulated. Supervisor of Elections Earl Lennard says the machines that count those ballots were never without power. He says the backup generator kept them up and working, so he does not anticipate the outage to affect the counting of votes tonight.

Tampa Electric is still trying to figure out what caused the outage that affected roughly 600 customers.

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