FAIRBURY – News Channel Nebraska has confirmed the race for Jefferson County Assessor has not become official. In the race, only 8 votes separated the 2 candidates.
NCN learned that there are 14 provisional votes that haven’t been counted. The canvassing board will be looking into the votes Thursday afternoon to determine if they will all be counted.
According to newly elected Kristine Riggle, who won the race for the County Clerk’s office, it could take a couple of days before the vote numbers are official.
Provisional ballots ensure that voters are not excluded from the voting process due to an administrative error. They provide a fail-safe mechanism for voters who arrive at the polls on Election Day and whose eligibility to vote is uncertain.
In Nebraska, after being cast, the provisional ballot is kept separate from other ballots until after the election. A determination is then made as to whether the voter was eligible to vote, and therefore whether the ballot is to be counted.