Teresa Knittel, director of the Board of Elections, said there were 11 precincts that had problems with ballots, such as ones that weren’t scanned or had been scanned twice.
“We re-ran those 11 precincts that had problems and uploaded those results, matched those to our signatures and they balanced,” Knittel said.
“This is the total, official results. When it’s unofficial that means you haven’t counted your provisionals, and we also have to give an absentee voter who doesn’t complete their ID envelope a second chance to come in and correct the envelope. If they come in and make the corrections, those votes are added in to the total count,” she said.
Knittel said the recount for the official results doesn’t begin until the 11th day after the election.
“In between the election and those 10 days, we balance the books as well as we can from election day. Then we check and make sure all the ballots have been scanned, that they are correct, and that they balance with the signature books according to the numbers of ballots cast,” she said.
“Everything is 100 percent and the totals are official,” she said. There are no changes from the original results.
DEBORAH DANIELS can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 234.