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Recount scheduled for Tuesday in Scott County due to absentee ballot count error

In a post made on his social media accounts, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate called on county officials to conduct an administrative recount as soon as possible.

SCOTT COUNTY, Iowa — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has called for a recount in Scott County after an error in the counting of absentee ballots was found, according to a post published to his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

In the post, Sec. Pate revealed that a mistake was made in the tabulation of Scott County's absentee ballot numbers. Later, Scott County Auditor Kerri Tompkins identified the mistake, revealing that 470 (2%) of the Absentee and Special Voters Precinct ballots were affected.

He issued a call to county officials to begin an administrative recount of the ballots as soon as possible.

"We will ensure the integrity of Iowa's elections is maintained," he said.

“My job is to audit the numbers and ensure 100% accurate results. If there is any question, I believe a recount is necessary," Tompkins said.

The recount will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Scott County Administrative Building.

The announcement came just hours after Scott County officials completed the scheduled post-election audit required by Iowa law.

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