DAVENPORT, IOWA (November 18, 2022) — Scott County Auditor Kerri Tompkins shares the Administrative Recount will continue with a final machine count on November 18, 2022, 8:30AM.
“Thank you for your patience and the tireless efforts of our poll workers. I am truly grateful for their work. I would like to clarify again how we got to this point,” reported Tompkins.
The ASVP Board counted the ballots starting on Monday, November 7, and finished on November 8. Per law, legal ballots were added to the final count as of Monday, November 14 (UOCAVA and Safe at Home). This was the last day of added ballots to the ASVP precinct and follows the law.
As our staff began to reconcile the numbers, we noticed a discrepancy between the number of ballots delivered to the ASVP Board and the total counted ballots on the machines on November 8. I called the Iowa SOS office on Thursday, November 10, asking for an Administrative Recount. On Friday, November 11, I coordinated efforts between our staff, elected officials, and the Iowa SOS to proceed.
On Tuesday, November 15, we proceeded with a recount using our machines with poll-workers and a professional machine technician. Unfortunately, the machines repeatedly jammed during this process. Therefore, the Administrative Recount process continued on Thursday, November 17, with a hand-count of every ballot. To finalize this process, the recount will continue with a machine count on Friday, November 18, 8:30AM.
It is very important to us to count every ballot and to count it correctly. In accordance with the law, every legal ballot has been within our custody under lock, seal, and camera during this process.
Again, this shall take place on Friday, November 18, 8:30AM, at the Scott County Administrative Building. This will be open to the public. Thank you.