Release date: November 17, 2022
Contact: Kerri Tompkins, Scott County Auditor 563-326-8631
MEDIA RELEASE: GE 2022 Administrative Recount
Davenport – Scott County Auditor Kerri Tompkins shares the Administrative Recount will continue with a final machine count on November 18, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.
“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 7th and finished on November 8th. Per law, legal ballots were added to the final count as of Monday, November 14th (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 8th. I called the Iowa SOS office on Thursday, November 10th asking for an Administrative Recount. On Friday, November 11th, I coordinated efforts between our staff, elected officials and the Iowa SOS to proceed.
On Tuesday, November 15th, 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 17th, with a hand count of every ballot. To finalize this process, the recount will continue with a machine count on Friday, November 18th at 8:30 a.m.
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 18th at 8:30 a.m. at the Scott County Administrative Building. This will be open to the public. Thank you.