DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A technical snag at the Board of Elections is complicating the recount of races still to be determined. The Riverside road levy and 43rd state house race are among them.
Board of Elections director Jan Kelly says there was a paper misprint Tuesday, due to some older equipment. She says the recount machines are about 15 years old but doesn’t expect it to impact the final results.
Deputy Director Steve Harsman says, “This is the largest recount because we have both a countywide recount, a full state representative recount, and an audit. So those three have never happened.”
It’s a unique situation. Kelly says, “Recounts are really just a verification of the final count that we reported to the Secretary of State’s office when we certified the election last week.” She says by law, the board randomly selects 5% of ballots to recount, which amounts to thousands of ballots.
Harsman says, “With that many canisters, there could be a few reprints that will need to have the board approve on Thursday before we can conclude on Friday.” On Tuesday a minor snag: one of the paper readouts misprinted. Rather than simply reprinting, the board must first get formal approval. That will come Thursday at the board meeting. But aside from the one technical issue, the actual counting is going smoothly.
Kelly says, “Right now we have results, our paper ballot recount results for riverside are right on point with what we reported. We’re still waiting for the TSX hand count results. We are still tallying those.”
Once they rerun the tallies on Thursday it will close the book on the 2018 election. Harsman says, “This will be the final process of the 2018 general election for Montgomery County. Whatever the results are in the recounts will be the certified results.”