Shawnee Co. Elections Commissioner Elizabeth Ensley speaks to a meeting in this April 2007 file photo
Additional safeguards will be in place to ensure all votes are counted on future election nights. However, Shawnee County Elections Commissioner Elizabeth Ensley says a review of ballots following an error discovered in Tuesday's night's counting did not change the winners and losers in any Shawnee County races.
Ensley announced Wednesday morning that votes cast on optical scan equipment in 40 precincts were not included in the announced results. She says the error was discovered when comparing records from polling places with the preliminary report of votes cast. She says staffers noted low voter turnout in several precincts, which sparked the review.
Ensley says her office spend Wednesday reviewing records from all polling places. At an afternoon news conference, Ensley said the error resulted in some 4000 paper ballots not being counted. However, she says adding those ballots in did not change who won and who lost in the countywide races. She said new numbers in the State Board of Education and State Legislature race were forwarded to the Secretary of State. A spokesperson for Ron Thornburgh's office says it does not appear any of those outcomes changed either.
Ensley said the problem was a result of human error, not equipment. Ensley says she will also take steps to ensure additional safeguards are in place before the next election.