OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Election Board on Tuesday certified the results of the state’s June 26 primary elections for federal and state offices.
Voters cast ballots in Republican and Democratic primaries for Congress and the Legislature. None of the election results was contested and no recounts were requested, Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said.
Delays in reporting election results on the board’s website on election night were caused by a software glitch, but that did not affect vote tabulations, Ziriax said. He said his agency is abandoning the software involved and voting results in future elections will be posted online by the Election Board’s staff.
Ziriax also outlined a report on a separate, special election for Tulsa’s House District 71 seat that was invalidated due to human error.
Initial returns from that April 3 election showed Democrat Dan Arthrell with a three-vote lead over Republican Katie Henke, who then requested a manual recount that found her the winner by one vote. But the Oklahoma Supreme Court invalidated the results and voided the election, saying it was impossible to determine with mathematical certainty which of the candidates won.
Election officials said the seat will remain vacant until the general election in November, when the two candidates will face each other again.
Ziriax said two uncounted ballots were found in a ballot box by officials in one precinct that accounted for a decrease of two votes in the total for Arthrell. Ziriax said that in two other precincts, there was one instance in each precinct in which a voter was unintentionally allowed to vote twice, accounting for a decrease of two more votes for Arthrell in the final recount.
Ziriax said the agency has taken steps to prevent additional mistakes in future elections, including more training for election precinct officials.