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UPDATE: Walt Rogers will ask for recount

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Republican Walt Rogers will ask for a recount in his race against incumbent Jeff Danielson for Iowa Senate District 10.  His campaign tells KWWL the decision came after a brief meeting Wednesday night.  The request will be filed Thursday with the Black Hawk County auditor.

The recount decision comes after the Black Hawk County Special Precinct Board altered the vote totals for the Senate District 10 race during an administrative recount on Wednesday.

Monday's canvass had Danielson leading by 17 votes, but the board decided not to count three of those votes. The votes now stand with incumbent Jeff Danielson at 16,096 and challenger Walt Rogers at 16,082, a fourteen vote difference.

Reports from precinct officials about problems with a small number of ballots in each precinct prompted county election officials to request the recount, given the closeness of the race. Iowa law says the county auditor may request the Board of Supervisors to order an administrative recount if machine malfunctions are suspected or "if the precinct election officials report counting errors".

Officials at the polling place at University Book and Supply (Cedar Falls Ward 3, Precinct 3) returned nineteen unvoted ballots to the Election Office because the voting machine would not accept them. Precinct officials at Our Savior's Lutheran Church (Waterloo Ward 3, Precinct 5) said that a ballot that was jammed may have been counted more than once when a voting machine technician came to fix the machine.

When the nineteen ballots from Cedar Falls Ward 3, Precinct 3 were counted, nine votes went to each candidate. The remaining ballot had no vote for the Senate District race. In the Waterloo Ward 3, Precinct 3 recount, Danielson lost four votes and Rogers lost one.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. on Thursday to request a recount. Rogers plans to meet with his campaign Wednesday night to decide whether he will ask for one.

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