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June 5, 2014

Woodroof: Technical mishap ‘made no difference in any race’

Primary results to be certified June 10



Election officials’ response

Woodroof said election officials became aware of the issue because the voter tally tapes, which are required by law to be posted on the door of each voting center, were reading differently.

“We became aware (Wednesday) afternoon that all the votes at Round Island may not have been counted,” he said. “As is often the case, candidates have people outside each voting location calling in totals so they can add them up,” he said. “That way they know the results before the results get to the canvassing location.”

Woodroof said they were made aware that a candidate’s totals did not match the unofficial total given out on Tuesday night.

“Rather than a total of 334 ballots cast at Round Island Baptist Church, there were 538 ballots cast,” he said.

Out of 13 of 17 races, the remaining ballots counted changed the results by less than 0.10 percent. The four races that were affected by a 0.10 percent or more increase were the Republican primary races for chairman of the Limestone County Commission, Limestone County Commission District 3, State Republican Executive Committee Place I and the Democratic primary race for governor.

After discovering that one memory stick was inadvertently left unread, Woodroof contacted Ronnie Coffman, chairman of the Limestone County Republican Party, and Ron Gatlin, chairman of the Democratic Party, as well as members of the local media.

“My main focus as chief election officer of Limestone County once the situation was brought to our attention was to correct it and make necessary contact with the parties it affected,” he said.

Woodroof said he takes full responsibility. He said to prevent it from happening again they will make a checklist and be sure to check each barcode on the memory sticks.

Woodroof released the updated, unofficial results Thursday at the Clinton Street courthouse annex.

Limestone County’s voter turnout countywide was at 22.67 percent Tuesday night. The turnout is now 23.09 percent, the probate judge said.

The primary race results will be certified starting at noon Tuesday, June 10, after 63 provisional ballots are added to the unofficial tally.

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