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Board will puzzle out voters’ intent

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Nov. 17, 2010 at 11:16 am with No Comments »
November 17, 2010 11:16 am

At least 158 inscrutable ballots will go before the Pierce County Canvassing Board today.

With the public invited to look on at projected images of the ballots, the board will pore over confusing marks and try to divine voters’ intent.

In most races, today’s outcomes hardly matter. But some of those ballots could affect the 25th Legislative District race where Rep. Dawn Morrell trails Hans Zeiger by just 36 votes and a recount is almost assured.

That adds weight to the decisions made at 1 p.m. today in the county elections center on South 35th Street. The board is made up of County Council Chairman Roger Bush, county Auditor Julie Anderson and county Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, but Lindquist and Anderson will pick someone else to attend because they were up for election this year.

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