More than six months after North Dakotans voted in the November general election, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp lost 174 votes and Gov. Jack Dalrymple gained one. Vote tallies for all statewide races and local races in Walsh County were changed by the State Canvassing Board on Thursday after the federal court system realized in mid-February that Walsh County had 300 more votes cast than the number of voters. Secretary of State Al Jaeger said human error happens, and he thinks the canvassing board has never met this long after an election before.
“We have a good history in North Dakota as far as elections go, but there is one factor that hinders us,” he said.
The issue came up after a Grafton precinct ran out of ballots and had to make copies. Since the copied ballots could not be electronically scanned, they were hand-counted and believed to have been entered by hand into the voting system twice.