In VA, Webb's name cut off on some e-ballots

In increasing font size to help voters, some names are truncated due to a software bug.

In Virginia, a computer glitch has caused U.S. Senate candidate Jim Webb's last name to be cut off from the electronic ballot in in three major cities - Alexandria, Falls Church and Charlottesville, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

The mistake stems from the increased type size on the ballot, election officials said. The larger type is easier to read but unintentionally shortens the longer names on the ballot's summary page.

So Webb will appear with his first name and nickname only -- or "James H. 'Jim'" -- on summary pages in the only three Virginia jurisdictions that use balloting machines manufactured by Hart InterCivic of Austin, Texas.

Webb's name isn't the only one to be affected by the bug. At the very least, party affiliations are cut off. The company said it is working on a fix but it won't be in place for November.

"Hart InterCivic does intend to install the newer system version before the next major election in 2007, assuming certification from the commonwealth," the company said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.