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Making sure your vote gets counted

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State election officials were in Mitchell today reviewing election procedures. During the June primaries, there were problems with counting the ballots in Davison County and no one wants those problems to crop up again. KSFY News was in Mitchell today to see what election officials have in mind.

Those ballot counting problems in Davison County were a troubling sign for state election watchers. they wondered why there were problems in the Mitchell area and no where else.

South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant wants to make sure your vote gets counted.

"We have two goals for our task force, one of them was to make sure that we were able to ensure confidence with the counting machines, that's why we're going to count the ballots in Davison and then we're going to take those ballots and go to Minnehaha County," Gant said. 

He also wants to make sure your vote counts, no matter which county you live in.

"The second goal of the task force is to make sure we have the best practices for all of our county auditors across the state to bring together these ideas on how best to count out ballots, how best to use the machine and what are some of the tricks of the trade," Gant said.

Davison County auditor Susan Kiepke says the county wants to ensure anyone who has doubts after the June primary that everything will be ok for November.

"There were some issues with the primary election totals and I guess we're just trying to reassure the public and myself that the counting machine is working correctly," Kiepke said.

Counties across the state were using the same machines differently.  Gant says getting all counties on the same page should eliminate some confusion.

"The goal for the report is we're going to gather all the information from today, put that in a draft form, share it with the county," Gant said. 

The auditors ran several test ballots through the machines today. Sometimes they would get different results than what was expected, and they would run them again.  Through this process of trial and error, they could figure out what to do and what not to do on election night.

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