Hamilton Co. auditor launches administrative recount of two precincts today

Hamilton County Auditor Kim Schaa said Wednesday that her office will conduct an administrative recount of two precincts in the wake of Tuesday Primary election.

The count begins at 9 a.m.

“At the Hamilton County Auditor’s Office, we are committed to making sure that every eligible voter has the opportunity to vote and that their vote will count. Even though each machine was thoroughly tested prior to election day, we have been made aware that there were technical issues with voting machines in multiple counties on election day,” Schaa said.

“There were multiple instances of machines experiencing paper jams when voters were inserting their ballot into the tabulator. Some of these paper jams caused the number on the tabulator to increase twice and lead to the appearance that more ballots were cast than voters who signed a Declaration of Eligibility.”

She added: “At the end of the night two precincts noted that the ballots cast differed by two from the signed Declarations of Eligibility slips. These precincts were WC 1 and WC 2.

“In order to protect the integrity of our election and ensure every vote has been counted correctly, as the Hamilton County Commissioner of Elections and at the recommendation of the Secretary of State’s Office, I made a request to conduct an administrative recount of all races in WC 1 and WC 2 precincts.

“The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors accepted my request and ordered the administrative recount of WC 1 and WC 2 precincts. This recount will take place today at 9 a.m. in the basement meeting room of the Hamilton County Courthouse.”


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