Election passes required audit


Patti Miller, left, and Nancy Hamaker, both of Sidney, count ballots at the Shelby County Board of Elections, Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Patti Miller, left, and Nancy Hamaker, both of Sidney, count ballots at the Shelby County Board of Elections, Wednesday, Nov. 28.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

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.

Teams hand counted all votes for the governor’s race, state treasurer’s race and state Issue 1, Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Three teams of two election officials were assigned one selected precinct each to audit. Team members were required comprise one Democrat and one Republican.

Director Pam Kerrigan reported to the board that the audit revealed no discrepancies between the hand count and the machine count performed at election certification.

” The Board and staff are glad to finally put this election behind us. Now we begin preparing for potential races in May of 2019,” said Board Chairman Chris Gibbs.

Patti Miller, left, and Nancy Hamaker, both of Sidney, count ballots at the Shelby County Board of Elections, Wednesday, Nov. 28.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/11/web1_SDN112918BallotCount-1.jpgPatti Miller, left, and Nancy Hamaker, both of Sidney, count ballots at the Shelby County Board of Elections, Wednesday, Nov. 28. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News