Voters pick Baker for county seatThe count is in for on Douglas County’s 6th District supervisory race.
By: Shelley Nelson, The Daily Telegram
The count is in for on Douglas County’s 6th District supervisory race.
After a review of ballots cast in the city’s 3rd, 7th and 8th Districts this morning, Steven Baker was found to be the winner of the 6th District County board seat. He garnered 14 votes to Terry L. Hart’s eight.
In two of the three wards counted, the results changed from a canvass of the votes last week, when the two write-in candidates running for the previously unchallenged seat tied.
Discrepancies uncovered in two of wards could have resulted from voters being assigned the wrong ward when they cast their ballots, said Sue Sandvick, Douglas County clerk.
Each candidate received one write-in vote in wards outside the district, but neither vote counted in the final tally.
Hart said the results during today’s recount were a significant change from those reached following a canvass of the vote. Baker and Hart were previously in a 10-10 tie.
In the 26th District, voting discrepancies prompted candidate Robert Edelstein to seek a recount in spite of a 35-vote difference that was unlikely to change the results of Tuesday’s election.
Incumbent Carol Johnson had taken more than 60 percent of the vote in both Hawthorn and Bennett. However, Edelstein only sought a recount for the town of Hawthorne because of irregularities there that included a ballot being counted three times after an undocumented jam of the voting machine.
Ballots also were delivered to the County Clerk’s Office unsealed last Tuesday and had to be secured overnight until poll workers could be brought in the following day to seal the ballots.
In the final tally, Edelstein lost one vote.
Johnson took the district with 156 of 246 cast for county board. Only one write-in vote was counted today, two fewer than were originally reported.
“Our interest in this is a fair election,” said Les Solon of Lake Minnesuing, who served as Edelstein’s representative at the recount.
Edelstein, who was unable to attend, said “the recount has created more questions,” but he was not prepared to talk about them this morning.
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