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November 17, 2012

Counting ballots: Human vs machine

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NORMAN —

That didn’t happen in Cleveland County, officials said.

Robert McCampbell is the attorney for incumbent Republican Aaron Stiles who is still the unofficial winner of the District 45 race.

“There were eight ballots on which there were challenges,” McCampbell said, of Tuesday’s recount.

Three of those were objections by Stiles and five were objections by Roberts. In most of the cases, a very small mark in one opponent’s box and a very clearly marked box for the other candidate was ruled an “overvote” or illegal vote for both candidates and not added to the tally.

It is likely that the “missing” votes were similar cases to those challenged by the attorneys but were not caught and challenged.

Following the Nov. 6 election, Stiles was the unofficial winner by 18 votes. After the recount, he still holds the lead by 16 votes.

While initially, the judge believed the results would be certified, Cleveland County Election Board Secretary Jim Williams said those results were reported to the state, but would not be certified until after the irregularities hearing.

“All we really did last night was obtain a new set of unofficial results,” Williams said.

Williams said some of the totals did change slightly with the recount.

“We are now using a brand new system,” Williams said. “My experience is that they’re more sensitive in picking up marks.”

Williams and his staff continue to research the statistics from the voting process.

“I still have complete confidence in these new machines,” he said.

Joy Hampton366-3539jhampton@normantranscript.com

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