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Ballot discrepancies force recount in three state races

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The Black Hawk County Auditor's Office will request an administrative recount in two precincts for the legislative elections after apparent discrepancies in vote totals at St. John's Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls and Irv Warren Pro Shop in Waterloo.

"We don't expect the outcomes of these races to change, but they're close enough that we didn't think we should leave anything to chance," said Black Hawk County Auditor Grant Veeder.

The recount could impact the races for Senate District 30 and House Districts 59 and 60.

In Senate District 30, Jeff Danielson holds an unofficial edge over Matt Reisetter of just 682 votes, 16,976 to 16,294. Earlier this week, Reisetter conceded the race to Sen. Danielson.

Walt Rogers also has a lead of 669 votes over Bob Greenwood, 8,970 to 8,301, in House District 60.

In House District 59, Bob Kressig holds a larger lead over James Kenyon, 8,794 to 6,641.

According to the Auditor's Office, a small number of ballots may have been counted twice at St. John's Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls. Unofficially, 1,034 ballots were cast there.

At Irv Warren Pro Shop in Waterloo, the voting machine count didn't match the ballot count. Unofficially, 703 ballots were cast there on Election Day.

Both precincts are in Senate District 30. The first is in House District 59 and the second is in House District 60.

Iowa law says that if the auditor suspects a voting machine malfunction or if counting errors come to light after the election, the auditor may request that the Board of Supervisors call for an administrative recount in the affected precincts if the outcome of an election may be affected.

The Board will consider the request at its Nov. 13 meeting.

The recounts are conducted by the Special Precinct Board, which counted absentee and provisional ballots. Any changes in the race totals in the three precincts will be reported to the supervisors, who could act on the changes at their Nov. 20 meeting.

The Black Hawk County Auditor's Office will request an administrative recount in two precincts for the legislative elections in Senate District 30 and House Districts 59 and 60 due to apparent discrepancies in vote totals.

 

"We don't expect the outcomes of these races to change, but they're close enough that we didn't think we should leave anything to chance," said County Auditor Grant Veeder.

 

Iowa law says that if the auditor suspects a voting machine malfunction or if counting errors come to light after the election, the auditor may request that the Board of Supervisors call for an administrative recount in the affected precincts if the outcome of an election may be affected. The Board will consider the request at its November 13 meeting.

 

The unofficial results in those races are as follows, including provisional and absentee ballots counted after the election:

Senate District 30 – Jeff Danielson 16,976 over Matt Reisetter 16,294

House District 59 – Bob Kressig 8,794 over James Kenyon 6,641

House District 60 – Walt Rogers 8,970 over Bob Greenwood 8,301

 

In Cedar Falls Ward 1 Pct. 2 (St. John's Lutheran Church), a small number of ballots may have been counted twice. Unofficially, 1,034 ballots were cast there on election day.

 

In Waterloo Ward 1, Pct. 4 (Irv Warren Pro Shop), the voting machine count didn't match the ballot count. Unofficially, 703 ballots were cast there on election day.

 

Both precincts are in Senate District 30. The first is in House District 59 and the second is in House District 60.

 

The recounts are conducted by the Special Precinct Board, which counted absentee and provisional ballots. Any changes in the race totals in the three precincts will be reported to the supervisors, who could act on the changes at their November 20 meeting.

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