Marion County officials find 57 uncounted General Election votes

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FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WDTV) - More than a month after Election Day, Marion County election officials have found 57 uncounted votes from one machine that could affect the outcome of multiple Fairmont City Council races.

That machine was from Precinct 36 near Fairmont Senior High School.

Officials found the error while compiling post-election reports. They then noticed the number of voters didn’t match the number of ballots cast, according to County Administrator Kris Cinalli.

The discrepancy affects two races in Fairmont; Districts 1 and 5 races for City Council ended in ties. Marcella Yaremchuk won the tiebreaker in District 1 over Josh Rice, and Houston Richardson defeated Barry Bledsoe in District 5’s tiebreaker.

Election officials said in a news release that they plan to seek permission from the Circuit Court of Marion County to tabulate all votes from the precinct.