DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces the administrative recounts he requested for Des Moines and Warren counties were completed on Thursday and Iowa’s unofficial election results have been updated. Both counties experienced issues with reporting complete results on election night.
There were approximately 2,000 uncounted ballots in Warren County and approximately 800 in Des Moines County.
The Des Moines County Auditor’s office has released the updated unofficial election results following a recount.
The recount was conducted due to an error in counting absentee ballots.
According to the updated results, in the race for the Iowa House District 99 seat, Republican Matt Rinker defeated Democratic Incumbent Dennis Cohoon with Rinker receiving 50.59% of the vote.
Republican Incumbent Tom Broeker was re-elected to the County Board of Supervisors, defeating Democrat Sandy Dockendorf.
And Republican Martin Graber received 6,553 votes, winning the race for State Representative, District 100, defeating Democrat Rebecca Bowker.
“It is vital we ensure every ballot is counted and the process is open and transparent,” Secretary Pate said. “Important checks and balances are in place to protect the integrity of the vote and my thanks to these counties for taking the time to make sure we get it right. The integrity of Iowa’s elections is my top priority.”
Additionally, on Wednesday, November 9, the Secretary of State’s Office discovered that Linn County reported 600 more absentee ballots than had been received by their office at the time polls closed. This discrepancy was revealed during one of many reconciliation processes our office completes prior to the county and state canvasses.
The Linn County Auditor’s Office did not follow the basic review process recommended by the Secretary of State’s Office in multiple trainings to county auditors. Failure to verify their totals against the absentee precinct board’s election night results before publishing was the cause of the issue. It has now been corrected.
The deadline for the State Board of Canvassers to convene is December 5 to certify Iowa’s election. Results remain unofficial until that time.
Unofficial election results are available on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website, sos.iowa.gov.