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From the Kootenai County Elections Office

"November 8, 2022 General Election

PLEASE NOTE: 98.6% of the unofficial results of the November 8th Election are counted and available at the link below. County staff worked constantly overnight to process those ballots, and we are continuing to work on the remaining ballots. Most of our staff have not left the office for over 30 hours as we process these ballots.

The biggest reason for the delay in full unofficial results are ballots where a voter marked one candidate, crossed that candidate out, and then voted for a different candidate for that office. These ballots must be fully duplicated onto a new ballot here at our office by a team of three staff, in order for the intent of the voter to be properly counted. We have had nearly a thousand ballots where voters did this exact thing, and it is slowing down the unofficial final results count.

We also have write-in ballots which must be hand-tallied for the name and validity of the write-in candidate. We have over 12,600 marked write-ins that must be hand-tallied for these results, and this must also be done by team of three.

Thank you for your patience as we follow our legal requirements and fulfill our due diligence in counting the results of the November 8th General Election."

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