Efforts to close out the Nov. 6 election took a turn Friday afternoon when election workers discovered that ballots from 1,178 voters had been scanned but not counted, according to Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey.
The problem, discovered during a routine check as part of the process of certifying the vote, nearly doubles the votes that remain to be tallied in an election that includes two races in the 17th District that remain too close to call.
As of Friday, Republican incumbent Don Benton was 96 votes ahead of Democrat Tim Probst in the 17th District Senate race. Meanwhile, 17th District House candidate Monica Stonier, a Democrat, led Republican Julie Olson by 100 votes.
With the addition of the 1,178 ballots, the total number of ballots to be counted before the race is certified is about 2,300, Kimsey said. He said he has spoken with the 17th District candidates or their representatives about the situation, and he has also briefed the chiefs of staff of both the Senate Republican and Democratic caucuses.
“Obviously, I think people are concerned,” Kimsey said. “People are appropriately asking, ‘Well, what happened?’ But when we explain the situation, I think it’s fair to say that most people have been satisfied with the explanation.”