Carbon faces major decision after glitch in election results
A ballot lies on top of the new voting scanner that Carbon County voters will use on Tuesday. AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
Carbon County election officials have much to discuss when the board meets Friday.
At the beginning of the weekly board of commissioners meeting Thursday, commissioner candidate Robert Jacobs raised concerns over the dissemination of inaccurate results to the media, candidates and public only to then report an additional 10,000 votes for county offices come Wednesday morning.
After the polls closed Tuesday night, the election report contained obvious errors in municipal and school board races. In some races, votes were only listed for the first candidate on the ballot. In other cases, candidates had a small number of votes.
An error in listing a candidate in two municipal races was determined to be the factor that caused the glitch in the vote tallying.
Commissioner William O’Gurek, who chairs the county election board, discussed in detail an executive session held just before the commissioners meeting. In attendance were O’Gurek, elections director Lisa Dart, representatives from Dominion Voting and the department of state and county solicitor.
They discussed what the county needs to do to make sure every vote is properly counted in this election and verify this will not happen again in future elections.
He said the election board members were given five options to discuss and decide upon on Friday as it begins the official canvassing to certify the votes.
Options include bringing in a high speed scanner to rescan all ballots, manually entering the data from the tapes the scanners printed out from each precinct and a complete hand count audit, meaning every ballot would be looked at and counted by a person.
Jacobs, who did not secure a spot on board next year, suggested a complete independent audit to make sure everything is done. Commissioner-elect Chris Lukasevich, who secured his first term on Tuesday, agreed.
The county said that it will be left to the election board to decide what will happen moving forward.
“I want to get this right,” O’Gurek said. “It’s important to get this right.”