The Rutledge City Council election on Nov. 2 will also include two adjustments by the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registrations. According to Jennifer Doran, elections director, Morgan County Board of Elections and Registrations, the board will conduct an audit of the Rutledge Election following the close of the polls.

Doran, speaking at Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Elections, requested that the board allow her office to complete an audit of one of the three city council races being held. Doran said the particular race to be audited by a manual count will not be released to the public prior to the count. In asking the board for the audit, Doran said given the current national atmosphere surrounding elections, “I think it would be a good idea.”

Doran said the elections board would “pick a race and manually count every ballot.”

The results of the audit would be released to the public within 48 hours of the end of the election. “I think it would be good for the public to see a good faith effort,” she told the board.

The board unanimously approved the request.

The board also approved a request by Doran to allow election workers to begin tabulating absentee ballots in the Rutledge election one hour before the polls close. Doran told the board that Rutledge currently has approximately 700 registered voters and she estimated 400 to 500 voters would participate in the city council elections. Doran said the early tabulation would allow the absentee ballots to be counted prior to the close of the election and tabulated at 7 p.m.

Doran told the board that three board members would be sequestered with absentee ballots for one hour while the absentee ballots were tabulated. “Once you get in there, unless it’s an emergency, you don’t leave the room,” she said. Three members of the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration will tabulate the absentee votes along with staff in sequestration.

She said currently more than 50 percent of Morgan County voters use absentee or early voting. “Early voting is very popular in Morgan County,” she said.

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