Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper says 64 uncounted early votes from a precinct in northern Kanawha County were found Monday morning. Early votes were supposed to be counted at the precincts Saturday along with the day-of votes.
The votes may make a difference in the Kanawha County table games election from Saturday, which is still too close to call. The count from Saturday had 22,544 in favor of table games, and 22,511 against. But, more than 500 provisional, or contested, votes still need to be evaluated during the canvass Friday, August 17th.
The ballots are from precinct 431: Sissonville High School.
Carper says the votes were found in a bag along with the provisional votes from that precinct. These newly found votes will be counted at the canvass this Friday. That's when the county certifies the vote. However, with the election being so close, many speculate a recount will be requested.
Precinct 431 overwhelmingly voted against the table games referendum. With the unofficial count from Saturday night, there were 173 votes against and 96 in favor of table games.
Stay with WSAZ.com for the latest on this developing story and complete coverage of the vote canvass on Friday.