Primary 2012: Write-In Ballots From Seven Precincts Not Counted in Ada County

The discovery was made by an election official while comparing the reported ovals read by vote-counting equipment to actual write-in votes counted.

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Officials at the Ada County Board of Elections have discovered an error in Tuesday's Primary Election results.

According to a statement from Phil McGrane, chief deputy in the Ada County Clerk's Office, the discovery was made by an election official while comparing the reported ovals read by vote-counting equipment to actual write-in votes counted. A subsequent review of audit logs, generated by the equipment, revealed that 34 ballots sent to be manually read by the write-in board were not re-read by the machines to tabulate the remaining results on those ballots. According to the statement, "it appears that as many as seven precincts may be included" in the group of ballots that were not counted.

The official re-counting and certification of ballots will begin Monday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at Ada County Election Headquarters. Representatives from each political party have been notified of the error and the certification process.