County’s election count nearly final |

County’s election count nearly final

Elections Office staffers have completed the 1 percent, random hand count of Nevada County’s 112 precincts and expect to have the election officially certified by Tuesday’s deadline.

One precinct in every contest was tallied by hand to verify the accuracy of computerized ballot scanners.

All that’s left now is for Clerk-Recorder Lorraine Jewett-Burdick to double check the work of her staff to verify that everything is correct, said assistant Clerk-Recorder Judy Bromley Wednesday.

Following last week’s random hand count of precincts from the county’s hotly contested District 3 supervisor’s race, challenger Drew Bedwell maintained his 19-vote lead over incumbent Bruce Conklin.

Representatives from the Conklin camp said they would wait until the election is certified before deciding whether to call for a recount.

Once the election is certified, any voter or candidate has five days to request a recount.

If a recount is requested, ballots cast in District 3 will be checked for marks that disqualified them during the computer count on election night.

The Elections Office would look for ballots marked with pen instead of pencil, for instance, or ballots where the original vote was erased and other selections were made, thus resulting in over votes.

While computerized scanners disqualify such ballots, Elections officials can determine a questionable vote and count it.

Whoever requests a recount pays for it. But if the recount reverses the results, the person making the request gets their money back.

California law allows for an official 28-day canvass, beginning the second day after an election.

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