A woman who lost a race for the Midland City Council said county officials should recount the votes in every race on the November ballot due to discrepancies in the counts, the Midland Reporter-Telegram reported.
Robin Poole finished second in the five-person race for the District 3 seat, drawing 89 votes less than winner Jack Ladd, Jr. She said that a Midland school board bond referendum recount found a discrepancy of 820 votes between the electronic votes tabulated and the votes counted by hand. The newspaper noted that the Midland school board voting district is significantly larger than Council District 3.
Poole said in an email to the Reporter-Telegram that Midland residents “must have faith in the integrity of our election systems, and due to the technical issues on election night, and the breakdown in communication that followed, I think the public has lost faith — myself included.”
Ladd said in a statement to the newspaper that he was also upset with the handling of the election results, noting that Midland County has announced an investigation into the count discrepancies.
“I, like everyone else, look forward to hearing their report,” Ladd said. “The candidates and the voters of District 3 deserve better. I want them to know that I share in their frustration.”