The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Recounts held following primary election

Ballot counting machines blamed

 

June 16, 2022

NICK PEDLEY/SENTINEL-NEWS

Voter turnout in last week's primary election was 19 percent in O'Brien County and 18.4 percent in Clay County.

Issues with voting machines during the June 7 primary election led to recounts in O'Brien and Clay counties.

According to O'Brien County Auditor Barb Rohwer, issues arose when one of the precincts noticed their count was incorrect – the number of eligible voters who were voting was off compared to the count on the tabulating machine. Once it was all said and done, four precincts – the three Sheldon wards and the Summit-Center-Dale-Highland precinct – were each off by one vote.

"There were some voters who had issues where the tabulating machine wasn't taking their ballot and it jammed,...



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