Board of Elections to audit votes

SIDNEY — The Shelby County Board of Elections met briefly in open session, Monday, Nov. 26, to prepare for a required audit of the Nov. 6 general election.

The Secretary of State requires audits for all counties in election years that are divisible by two. Established procedures require boards of election to determine if they will audit the election by precinct, by polling location or by voting machine. The Shelby County board determined by a 4-0 vote that the audit would proceed by selecting precincts.

A random selection of precincts was made until the number of ballots to be audited equaled at least 5 percent of the total number of votes cast in the Nov. 6 election. The total certified votes cast and applied to the Nov. 6 election were 18,933. Precinct numbers were pulled from a container by lot until the number of ballots cast equaled or exceeded 947 (5 percent). Precincts drawn included Precints No. 4, 7 and 29.

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, beginning at 7:30 a.m., the Board of Elections will hand-count vote totals from the three selected precincts for the governor’s race, the state treasurer race and state Issue One. In addition, poll books, reconciliation sheets and chains of custody logs will be reviewed.

The audit is required to take place in open session, and the public is welcome to attend.