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City hand-counts primary ballots from two aldermanic districts

The city of Hudson's Board of Canvass hand-counts primary ballots from aldermanic districts 1 and 5 on Monday night, Feb. 25. From left are Community Development Director Dennis Darnold, Patrick O'Keefe, City Clerk Nancy Korson, Public Works and Parks Director Tom Zeuli and Police Chief Marty Jensen. Jensen read the votes cast, observed by Zeuli. Darnold and O'Keefe tallied the votes.

The city of Hudson's Board of Canvass hand-counted ballots from aldermanic districts 1 and 5 on Monday night to correct a tallying problem that occurred during the Feb. 19 primary election.

City Clerk Nancy Korson reported that more ballots were counted on the day of the election than the number of people who voted in the two districts.

The problem was believed to have been caused by ballots that got jammed in an optical scan voting machine.

The Board of Canvass convened immediately after Monday night's City Council meeting and went through each paper ballot from the two districts, hand-recording the votes that were cast.

The exercise appeared to confirm Korson's suspicion, with the number of ballots this time matching the number of voters in each district.

In District 1, school board candidate Jamie Johnson received three fewer votes than the optical scan machine tallied on the day of the election. Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Ed Fallone lost one vote.

In District 5, the hand-count showed school board candidate Jeanette Kunz getting four fewer votes than originally counted by the machine. Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack also received four fewer votes than first recorded.

The totals for all the other candidates stayed the same.

The recount didn't break the tie between school board candidates Jim Schrock and Matthew Kari.

Tuesday morning, Schrock's name was drawn from a hat at the school district's administrative office, putting him on the ballot for the April 2 election.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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