DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says his office is investigating issues in two Iowa counties that are delaying the final vote count from Election Day Tuesday.
Early Wednesday morning on Twitter, Pate said “Due to technical problems, I am calling on Des Moines and Warren County to conduct administrative recounts immediately. Those results will not be available tonight. These delays in total affect approximately 30,000 ballots, I will ensure the ballots will be counted and the integrity of Iowa’s elections will be maintained.”
Pate attributed an earlier delay in results from Linn County to absentee vote numbers still being uploaded. Later Wednesday morning, Pate tweeted that the issue had been resolved.
Around 10:30 a.m. a spokesperson from the Secretary of State’s Office released a statement that said Pate is demanding the county auditors for Des Moines and Warren counties hold an emergency meeting with their Board of Supervisors so administrative recounts of the impacted precincts can begin.