Oops.. false alarm.
A mistake in counting some early votes in Defiance County has overturned the outcome of Defiance City Hall’s 0.3-percent income tax request.
On Election Day the count was 1,430 votes for the tax and 1,445 against. However, the final certified tally made Wednesday by the county’s board of elections has left the count at 1,644 votes for the tax and 1,616 against.
Apparently what happened is that either on or right before Election Day, there were a small number of provisional ballots along with military and late absentee ballots still to be counted by the board of elections on Nov. 20 — the day the board was scheduled to meet to certify the Nov. 5 results. Of those, 22 were accepted by the board of elections Wednesday morning, and most of them would have had to go the city’s way for the tax to have passed.
However, that all went out the window when a mistake was discovered by the board of elections…
373 ballots cast by people who voted early on a machine at the board of elections office on East Second Street were not counted.