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Iowa Secretary of State working to correct ballot counting error in Buena Vista County

This news story was published on November 16, 2020.
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Paul Pate

DES MOINES – The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office was notified late last week by Buena Vista County Auditor Sue Lloyd that her office failed to account for 95 absentee ballots in its unofficial election results.

Steps are being taken to correct the error and ensure every eligible ballot is included in the official totals, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said.

“I’ve made a pledge to Iowans that every eligible vote will count and we’re working with all 99 counties to ensure that happens,” Secretary of State Paul Pate said. “Instances of human errors have taken place this year in a few counties but have been caught and corrected before results become official. Moving forward, my office will enhance its training efforts for auditors, their staff and poll workers to ensure errors like this do not happen again. The integrity of the vote and Iowans’ confidence in elections must be maintained and protected.”

Auditor Lloyd released the following statement explaining the oversight:

“As Commissioner of Elections, I take pride in Iowa’s election laws and procedures to ensure open and transparent elections and ensuring the accuracy of the votes. Checks and balances are put in place for a good reason, as we discovered an issue with the number of voted ballots that the Absentee Board counted on Election Day. While doing a reconciliation report of all the absentee ballots, it was discovered that there were some ballots that had not been counted. A box of envelopes, thought to be empty, was placed with the other boxes of empty envelopes, and therefore were not counted by the Absentee Board. An administrative recount is being requested to the Board of Supervisors at a special meeting on Monday, November 16, and if approved, the recount will happen that same day.”

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7 Responses to Iowa Secretary of State working to correct ballot counting error in Buena Vista County

  1. mint Reply Report comment

    November 18, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Voting is irrelevant 2 different wings of the same diseased bird, president’s are selected by the elite not the serfs.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 16, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Oh no, a miss count, how could that happen, accidently.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 17, 2020 at 10:22 am

      There are almost no Democrats in Dickinson County, certainly no elected officials. Republicans were throwing away Democratic ballots so they could crow that they were 100% Cult of Trump.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 17, 2020 at 4:45 pm

        How many “glitches” have been found so far in Georgia?

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 17, 2020 at 5:53 pm

          Real ones or the ones that Trump made up? Zero if you are looking at real ones, 2,000,000 if you ask Trump.

          • Anonymous

            November 18, 2020 at 7:07 am

            They just didn’t upload the thumb drives, around 5000 votes so far, 2 different drives.

          • Anonymous

            November 18, 2020 at 3:33 pm

            What do you think they should do with the ballots? It’s after the date for them to be considered legitimate, but it was an honest mistake. Count them. It would be interesting to hear trump’s reaction if Biden picked up more votes than him.