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Canvassing the Vote

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Primary election numbers were being finalized today as the votes were canvassed at the Ward County courthouse.

Ward County auditor Devra Smestad said there were three races in the county that were tight enough that a closer vote-count was needed to certify the final tally.

The votes were read aloud to the assembled group...and in the end, having the same numbers was always the goal.

The race in Minot that generated the most interest was that for mayor.

Chuck Barney was elected...but there was a substantial number of write-in votes.

However, today the canvassing board decided not to break-out that write-in vote into individual numbers.

Smestad says the math wasn't there to change the vote, so that decision was made.

 (Devra Smestad - Ward County Auditor-treasurer) "Now had the vote been different, had the write-ins been more than the individual on the ballot then we would have sorted through those and counted those for the write-in." 

Kevin Maher had staged a late write-in vote campaign for the position of mayor, and Smestad says she had talked to him explaining the situation and why the write-in votes would more-than-likely not be broken out -- and this morning the board decided to indeed not separate all the write-ins.

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