By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Recounts held following primary election

Ballot counting machines blamed


June 16, 2022


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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