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Recount approved in schools superintendent race

By Scott Zoltan, KECI Reporter, szoltan@keci.com
Published On: Dec 07 2012 03:44:09 PM MST
Updated On: Dec 07 2012 08:09:42 PM MST
Juneau & Welch superintendent race
KALISPELL, Mont. -

On Friday a Flathead judge approved a request for a statewide recount in the race for Montana Schools Superintendent. Republican Sandy Welch had requested the recount on Monday, in the race she lost by less than half a percent.

Welch alleged that voting problems in several counties were big enough to make a difference in a recount. She pointed out several apparent problems, including jamming machines and software errors.

Democratic candidate Denise Juneau’s attorneys argued that Welch didn’t prove that votes may have been miscounted, but a judge ruled that there was enough probable cause for a recount.

“I think it reaffirms their right to have a recount and it reaffirmed their obligation to pay a bond for that recount so I thought it was a reasonable decision. I think the way they did it was unnecessary,” said Montana Democratic Party Treasurer Scott Wheeler. 

“We’re really excited that the judge recognized all of the systemic errors built into the system…that he agrees that a statewide recount is necessary,” said Sandy Welch.