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Court to hear recount application in Superintendent race

Published On: Dec 06 2012 09:24:53 PM MST   Updated On: Dec 07 2012 08:19:40 AM MST
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The November election left Republican Sandy Welch about 2,200 votes short of a win in her bid to unseat Denise Juneau as Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The vote difference wasn’t enough to bring an automatic recount but Monday, Welch petitioned the court to order a recount, claiming the voting system was flawed.

Welch’s application emphasized six counts where there is probable cause to believe ballot-counting errors may have affected the election results.

Two of the counts involve ballot-counting machines that were problematic, causing paper jams and software errors.  In one instance, Welch notes a software problem that shifted a heavily Republican precinct to a 25-0 win for her opponent, Denise Juneau.

Friday, Flathead District Court Judge Stuart Stadler will review Welch’s recount application.  He’ll decide if it meets the legal standards for a court ordered manual recount.
Click here to review the recount application for yourself.