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Ballot recount: Nerat challenges results in 2 counties

September 11, 2012
By Jason Raiche - staff writer ( , Daily Press

ESCANABA - Delta County will hold a recount today on the results of the Democratic primary race for Michigan's 108th District state representative seat.

In August, Sharon Gray (D-Rapid River) was victorious over Judy Nerat (D-Wallace) in the 108th District race to challenge incumbent Rep. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) in November.

Gray won by just 93 votes in the Democratic race for the seat, which represents Delta, Menominee, and Dickinson counties. Gray won by 2,911 votes to Nerat's 2,818 in a close race, with Gray winning in Delta County with 1,843 votes, to Nerat's 1,215. However, Nerat carried Menominee and Dickinson counties with 833 and 770 votes to Gray's 329 and 739 votes, respectively. Nerat has since decided to request a recount of votes in Delta and Dickinson counties.

According to Delta County Clerk Nancy Kolich, today's recount will take place at Escanaba City Hall and will be overseen by the Delta County Board of Canvassers. Two representatives from the Michigan Bureau of Elections will also be present, as will Gray and Nerat. The recount will include five recount teams of two election workers who will be trained by the bureau of elections representatives before the recount takes place. There also will be two challengers per table who can challenge the results during the recount if they see fit.

"The board of canvassers will review ballot containers to make sure they were properly sealed and verify numbers," said Kolich, who added that all election materials have been sealed since election night.

The group will then verify the number of ballots and number of voters in the poll books. If these numbers match, they can proceed with the recount. Kolich said if there is any change in the count, it's usually due to an absentee ballot that had to be overridden - usually the difference of only one or two votes.

The ballots are then hand-counted twice by election workers.

Dickinson County's recount results were unavailable as of this morning. Menominee County's August primary results are not being contested.



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