Minnesota US Senate Candidate Al Franken picked up a net 37 votes after 171 previously uncounted ballots were discovered during a recount in Ramsey County. The ballots had been sealed in boxes since the election. Ramsey County Election Manager Joe Mansky talks about how the error likely happened.
Mansky also tells The UpTake this is why paper systems are superior to electronic systems because there is always a physical ballot to go back to and check.
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Joe Mansky: I would like to say this never happens but the reality is that this does happen occasionally, it will likely happen again. What we think occurred that election morning the ballot counter we had at the polling place for Maplewood precent six malfunctioned for some reason. We went out and swapped out the ballot counter and put a device in place that worked properly and the proper procedure then is for the election judges to take ballots that are already in the box and to run them through the new ballot counter because that’s the only way that we can get the result on the tape that we generate at election day. Now we think that with all the excitement going on that morning and perhaps being stressed out a little bit by the fact that their ballot counter had some problems that the judges forgot to take the ballots already in the box and to run them through the ballot counter.
Joe Mansky: Actually they were all sealed up together in the same transfer case that we got back from the judges on election night.
Question from Reporter: *indistinct* …and the discrepancies between the thirty-one extra ballots and the number of voters who signed in, that’s what you said worked out?
Joe Mansky: Yeah, also, apparently the judges also forgot to count the absentee ballot voter registration cards remember that some people voting by absentee are not pre-registered and so in order to allow them to vote they need to register as a part of the absentee voting process and it looks to us like the judges then at the precinct did not count the voter registration cards that came in with the absentee ballots. When you do that you come up with the right number.
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Joe Mansky Interview Transcript
Uptake Posting at Dec 2, 2008 11:46 pm
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