All three candidates in the race for the Upper Big Blue NRD, Subdistrict 4, will appear on the November ballot after the Nebraska State Board of Canvassers addressed a mistake made in the May 13th primary.
The board ordered a recount after learning that the race was inadvertently left off the ballot for approximately 2,000 voters.
York County Election Clerk Kelly Turner acknowledge a mistake that left the race off of ballots in 10 of the county’s 12 precincts. An effort to correct the mistake on Election Day came too late for many who had already cast ballots. Also, many of the supplemental ballots provided on that day had not been initialized by poll workers as mandated by Nebraska law and were not included in the recount.
The recount rearranged the outcome. Stan Boehr garnered 3,004 votes, followed by 2,563 votes for Becky Roesler. The incumbent, Eugene Ulmer, received 2,539 votes. Prior to the recount, Roesler was the trailing candidate, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
The Nebraska State Board of Canvassers approved the motion to advance all three candidates to the General Election.
Secretary of State John Gale agreed with the decision as the most practical solution.
“This was a very unusual situation. In my 14 years as Secretary of State, I’ve never seen this happen before,” Gale said in a statement released by his office.
“I hope this situation serves as a lesson to all of our county election officials about the importance of knowing how each race is elected and how it should appear on the ballot in each of their respective precincts,” added Gale. “This was an oversight that never should have happened.”
Click here for the official report of the Nebraska State Board of Canvassers.