Ballot snafu counts mail-in votes twice

Nov 18, 2020 at 07:00 am by Dale-RB

Washington County’s total 2020 vote count was revised downward Monday morning after a problem with the number of absentee ballots was discovered during the audit process.

Director of Elections Dora Bell says the exact cause of the discrepancy is unclear, but she and Melinda Porter, secretary of the county election board, agreed that outdated equipment contributed. Bell assured board members in a special meeting Monday morning that the count is now accurate.

The “glitch” did not change the outcome of any final results in the county, but ballot numbers tabulated following the November 3 election did change.

According to Bell, county voters cast 677 absentee ballots, but when state officials reported the results, she noticed that number was doubled...

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