Canvassing of Ballots Underway in Ohio County


One of the tightest races in Ohio County proved to be even closer Monday. In the Republican race for the Ohio County Sheriff, John Powell won by just two votes against Marty Kimball.

Kimball says that he might be filing for a re-count.

Another very close race was between incumbent Ken Imer and Loma Nevels for District 2 City Council. Imer won by just five votes over Nevels.

Canvassing was happening Monday morning in Ohio County with approximately 92 ballots that needed to be looked at to determine an official count for the West Virginia Primary Election.

In those 92 ballots, that includes provisional ballots from the precincts and absentee ballots received over the last week. 27 absentee ballots, 50 provisional ballots, and 11 ballots from precinct 13 and another four from precinct 125 that could not be read by the scanners make up that 92.

With any new technology though, there are bugs that needed to be worked out and Ohio County Elections Coordinator, Toni Chieffalo said there were a few things that could lead to issues with their numbers, “With this being a new system, and the poll workers working on the new tablets and stuff this time, everybody’s got to get used to the new equipment and the possibility is that the voter, voted and may have came back and said no this isn’t the ballot I wanted. As long as they didn’t put it in the ballot box we can re-issue a ballot, so that could make the numbers on totals or on paperwork off one or two, here or there,” Chieffalo said.

Officials anticipated the canvass to be completed by 1 o’clock, Monday afternoon.

Be sure to stay with 7News for the results.

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