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Changes in Newton County election totals don't change outcome of races
KJAS & Rayburn Broadcasting Company
Newton County Clerk Sandra K. Duckworth said Thursday that even though several discrepancies had been discovered in the Primary Election held on Tuesday that the mistakes had no affect on the outcome of any of the races.
Duckworth said the mistakes in the returns were due to several factors such as the fact that there were two different candidates with the same last name of Smith and that a shortage of ballots had required her staff to also utilize paper ballots that had to be counted by hand, instead of the normal ballots that are tallied by an electronic scanner.
Duckworth said there were also some misunderstandings between those that produced the returns in her office and the person that actually posted them on the tally board outside.
The changes in the results in Duckworth herself, receiving 1008 votes, instead of the 996 as originally reported and her challenger, Sandy Cobb Vaughn receiving 418 votes, instead of the originally reported 420.
In the race for Newton County Commissioner, Precinct 2, the incumbent Thomas Gill, received 262 votes, instead of the originally reported 221. However, there were no changes in the 176 votes received by Gills challenger Roy Lowe.
In the race for Newton County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, the incumbent Brenda Smith, received 308 votes, instead of the originally reported 235 and her challenger Ronnie Graham received 179 votes, instead of the originally reported 170.
There was no change in the number of votes reported in any of the other races.
According to Duckworth there were 8 provisional ballots that were issued during the election to individuals that did not have voter registration cards or proper identification. However, she said those ballots would be counted, if it is determined that those individuals were in fact eligible voters.
Duckworth apologized for the mistakes in the reporting of the totals and said that she corrected the results as soon as the situation was discovered.