In South Dakota, recounts go smoothly

In South Dakota, recounts go smoothly

By Trudy Walsh

GCN Staff

DEC. 14'Two legislative contests and three county commissioner races in South Dakota faced recounts in November, election supervisor Chris Nelson said. In contrast to the presidential recount in Florida the winners were determined without dispute.

South Dakota has a clear set of recount standards, Nelson said. Each ballot is examined by hand, then an election board determines whether to do the actual recounting by hand or machine. The state also has well-defined standards of what is countable and what is not, he said.

In the legislative recount, one county found nine punch cards with hanging or dimpled chads, Nelson said. In each case, the board came to a unanimous agreement on whether to count it.

'If Florida had used our standards, we would have had a president a month earlier,' Nelson said.

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