“There were two separate issues that altered the outcome of that race,” explained Secretary of State John Gale. “The first situation involved more than 1,000 voters not having the opportunity to vote because the race was left off of the ballot.”
York County Election Clerk Kelly Turner said she mistakenly left the race off of ballots in 10 of the 12 precincts. She tried to correct the error, but at that point, many people had already voted without the race appearing on their ballot.
During the recount, it was also determined that many of the supplemental ballots had not been initialized by poll workers which is mandated by Nebraska law. Because of this, those ballots were not included in the recount.
“That oversight impacted an additional 1,038 votes,” said Gale. “So ultimately, we’re talking about more than 2,000 votes that would certainly have impacted the outcome of the race.”
The recount results have Stan Boehr with 3,004 votes, Becky Roesler with 2,563 votes and Eugene Ulmer with 2,539 votes. Prior to the recount, Roesler was the trailing candidate.
During their meeting on June 9, the Nebraska State Board of Canvassers approved a motion to advance all three candidates to the general election.