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About 1,700 ballots that were not counted in Kanawha discovered

Kanawha County commissioners held a news conference Friday to talk about potential issues with vote tabulation in the general election. (WCHS/WVAH)

About 1,700 ballots have been discovered in Kanawha County that were not counted in the general election, Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said.

Commissioners Ben Salango, Carper and Hoppy Shores said they learned Friday morning there were nearly 19 precincts with tabulation issues, including polling places in Elkview, Pinch, Clendenin and one in Kanawha City.

Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick ensured Friday during a news conference no other precincts were affected. The Kanawha City precinct was the first discovered to have tabulation issues.

McCormick explained the Election Day process once the poll close.

“What we do, we take every precinct and the statement of ballots from the poll worker and we take the list of the printout of the election and the totals. We check that,” McCormick said. “We add their totals to their stubs. If they had 100 stubs, we add that to the early voting and absentee. Then we just verify the numbers and see if it matched up and if it didn’t, we knew there was a problem.”

Carper said all of the discovered ballots will be counted. A canvass, or audit, will be held at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

“I have no idea what happened here. I can surmise, I can guess, I can speculate . . . I don’t know,” Carper said.

Coverage of the news conference can be viewed below.

On Tuesday, thousands of voters in Kanawha County went to the polls to cast votes for candidates in congressional, statewide and some local races, including Charleston mayor.

McCormick said her office has been working extended hours for two days straight going through 174 precincts.

“If there’s a problem, you count every stub and you have to balance out everything,” McCormick said.

Carper said the integrity of the votes are guaranteed.

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