Polk votes will be official Friday

Published 3:38 pm Monday, November 9, 2020

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Almost 100 provisional and absentees still left 

COLUMBUS—The Polk County Board of Elections will begin a few meetings next week to do audits as well as consider provisional and supplemental absentee ballots remaining. 

Polk County has approximately 100 ballots left to consider, including provisional and absentees remaining. 

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None of the local races will change for Polk County given the margins. 

At 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, there will be a sample audit count as the Tryon and Green Creek precincts, where a hand count of the ballots will be done. 

At 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 the board will hold a provisional meeting to consider 49 provisional ballots remaining. Provisional ballots are ballots used to record a vote when there are questions about a voter’s eligibility that must be investigated by the board of elections before the vote can be counted or not. 

The board will also hold a meeting at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13 to consider the supplemental absentee ballots, which there are currently about 50. 

Also on Friday, at 11 a.m. the board will hold a meeting to do the official canvass, where the board will review the numbers for the election and officially certify the results of the election. 

All boards of election consist of members of the republican and democrat parties. Polk County’s board currently has 3 democrats and 2 republicans. The board includes Chair Sharon Goettert, Secretary Michael Veatch and members Renee McDermott, Keith Holbert and Scott Woodworth.