Table Games Vote Too Close to Call

By: Mike Waterhouse Email
By: Mike Waterhouse Email

According to the unofficial results from the Kanawha County Board of Elections, the table games issue has passed with Saturday's count, but more votes still need to be counted during the canvass.

After the final precinct turned in its count, the board of elections realized that 155 early ballots from 3 three precincts were not counted -- and they were supposed to be counted at the precincts along with Saturday's votes. These 155 ballots have now been counted and are included in the count below.

Here are the unofficial results:
175 out of 175 Precincts Reporting (100%)
YES: 22,544 Votes (50.04%)
NO: 22,511 Votes (49.96%)

Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick says that more than 500 provisional votes still need to be counted. These will be counted during the vote canvass, where the election results are certified, on August 17th. After the completion of the canvass, anyone can ask for a recount within 48 hours. The cost for calling for a recount is $300.

WHAT IS A PROVISIONAL VOTE? According to McCormick, these votes are consider provisional, or contested:
- Vote casted by a voter at a precinct that is not his/her correct precinct.
- Vote cast by a voter at the correct precinct, but the voter had moved and didn't update his/her address with the board of elections.
- Vote cast by a poll worker who did not participate in early voting and voted where he/she worked, not his/her correct precinct.

McCormick says Saturday's election was the largest turnout for a special election in Kanawha County history.

Stay with WSAZ.com for the latest on this very close election and reaction from both sides. We will have complete coverage of the canvass next Friday.

Click here for continuing coverage from Saturday's election.


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