We all want honest, transparent elections, and a voting system that works for everyone. Boards of County Canvassers are part of making sure every vote is counted, but their job is to double check math and ensure forms are filled out correctly, not investigate or question votes. Voters decide the election results — not canvassing boards.
A precinct is “balanced” when the total number of ballots cast matches the number of voters recorded as voting. There are a number of innocent reasons precincts may not balance due to simple human error. If one or more precincts in a county are not balanced, it is not a reason for the board not to certify; they simply prepare a special report that is included with the final paperwork they submit to the Board of State Canvassers after certifying the election. Note: Even if a precinct is unbalanced, all the votes have been counted.
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