The Dallas County Board of Supervisors met in its regular session on Tuesday, May 9, one week after the new Law Enforcement Center was approved by the voters.
The Board canvassed the election results from May 2, to make them official, while also approving an administrative recount in the Clive 5 voting district, due to a technology malfunction while one of the machines was jammed at the precinct.
Julia Helm, Dallas County Elections Commissioner, said that three votes in that district were counted twice, due to the technology malfunction.
“There was an anomaly with the numbers and the chair knew it that night,” Helm said. “And when the equipment came back, we checked the numbers and the tabulation machine is three long from the declaration of eligibility slips. That’s the double check.”
A series of double checks have been put into place since an error was found during the General Election last November, where nearly 6,000 absentee ballots were not counted into the official results.
Quoting the Iowa Administrative Code, Helm stated that “an administrative recount may be requested by the Auditor when the Auditor suspects that voting equipment used in the election malfunctioned.”
The recount of the 183 ballots was approved and took place on Wednesday and will be discussed individually at the next Board of Supervisors Meeting next Tuesday.
Clive 5 had 91.08 “yes” votes, and the overall election results had over 70 percent “yes” votes, so the recount will not have any effect on the result of the bond referendum.
During the official canvass of the votes, as a part of the double checks, the results from all 34 precincts in Dallas County were read out loud, separately, and compared with the list of totals. Supervisor Mark Hanson read the totals for Election Day ballots, Supervisor Brad Golightly read the totals for absentee ballots and Supervisor Chair Kim Chapman verified that the numbers added up correctly on the final list of totals.
Helm also spoke about the new modems that they used on the tabulation machines this time around. The precincts were able to use the modems to send their results from the precinct to the Auditor’s office, instead of driving them to Adel.
There were a few issues with four of the precincts. Four of the precincts were not able to send their results in and had to drive them to Adel, something Helm chalked up to “human error.”
Now that the results are official, they are starting to put together their team to oversee the construction. Dallas County Operations Manager recommended that they hire the Samuels Group, the same group that helped with the “education campaign” for the bond referendum, as the construction managers.
No action was taken as they will now talk with the Samuels Group and Design Alliance, the County’s contracted architecture firm, to decide which duties lie with which party.