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Auditor Says Ballot Fold Lines Could Account For Windham's Vote Total Discrepancies

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

One of the auditors in Windham's election recount has indicated a potential explanation for discrepancies in vote totals there between state representative races announced on Election Night, and the results generated by a recount.

Earlier story: What's Happening With Windham's Election Audit?

As part of the rare post-election audit, volunteers, election officials and experts hired by the state were hand tallying ballots Monday after another machine count of the ballots last week.

Auditor Mark Lindeman asked volunteers to flag ballots with any conspicuous fold lines.

"Something we strongly suspect at this juncture, based on various evidence, is that in some cases, fold lines are being interpreted by the scanner as valid votes," Lindeman says.

Auditors have until May 27th the complete their work.

As of midday Monday afternoon, about 1,700 of Windham's 10,000 ballots had been hand counted.

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