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Vote counting continues in close local races

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The election is over but the votes are still being counted.

As of Wednesday night, in the race for Iowa State Senate District 10, Republican Walt Rogers leads incumbent Jeff Danielson by just 65 votes.

In Iowa State House District 21, incumbent Tami Wiencek trails challenger Kerry Burt by 162 votes.

Black Hawk County Auditor Grant Veeder and his staff continue to work on making sure the Nov. 4, election results are fair.

Poll workers are going through absentee and provisional ballots.

"A number of those ballots were not able to go through the tabulators for whatever reason some of them were marked with wrong ink, some were folded improperly," Veeder said.

Wednesday afternoon, Special Precinct Board members filled out those ballots by hand so they can be counted correctly. Thursday, they'll start to count provisional ballots.

Monday, the votes will be canvassed.

Candidates involved in close races can only sit back and wait it out.

"I think it comes into you put the hard work in, you wait, it gets down to a waiting game at this point in time," candidate Kerry Burt said.

"I'm typically not a guy that gets too nervous but yeah, I definitely have a feeling of anxiety and anxiousness with this process. In the campaign, you work hard and you don't think about the actual election day. When it was here, it was a day I didn't do much," candidate Walt Rogers said.

Now, the four campaigns are keeping watch as the vote count continues.

"If you have a close election, these things become more prominent but these are not unusual things for any election. That's why on election night, we stress these are unofficial election results," Veeder said.

Online Reporter: Bob Waters

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