Voting equipment jam triggers administrative recount, results will still be available Tuesday night

Marshall County voters eagerly awaiting the outcome of Tuesday’s primary election will have to wait a little bit longer for unofficial results after some voting equipment jammed while tabulating them after the polls closed at 8 p.m.

The unofficial results are still expected to be available on Tuesday night, and Marshall County Auditor/Recorder Nan Benson said the machines double counted a maximum of 15 ballots across five precincts. An emergency special session of the Board of Supervisors was called for Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m.

Locally, there are two races of particular interest. Four Republican candidates — Evan Folk, Jarret Heil, Carol Hibbs and three-term incumbent Dave Thompson — are seeking two available seats after another incumbent, Bill Patten, chose not to seek re-election. Because Heil is leaving his current position as county treasurer, a two-way race to replace him emerged on the GOP side between Deann Tomlinson, who is a member of Heil’s staff, and local businessman and engineer Mark Eaton.


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