The City of Erie is working to verify the results of the 2022 municipal elections held earlier this month.
According to a city press release, a candidate notified the city of a discrepancy between the total number of votes reported on the city’s website and the number of votes in the poll book of the total number of envelopes received. .
The name of the contestant who reported the disparity has not been released.
On Thursday, the city of Erie posted the official election results on its website, officially naming Justin Brooks mayor, along with Christiaan van Woudenberg, Emily Baer and Andrew Sawusch as winners of the board seats.
The results have not yet been certified.
Sawusch won the third and final open director seat over candidate Dan Hoback by just 16 votes, requiring by law a full recount for both candidates. To ensure transparency, Sawusch and Hoback can choose to witness the recount themselves or they can send an observer in their place.
The City of Erie uses several different methods to track ballot counts. The poll book tracks the number of ballot envelopes that are mailed by the U.S. Postal Service or dropped off at City Hall.
The city also keeps track of ballots as they travel from City Hall to the final counting stages using a lot sheet. The use of both tracking mechanisms ensures the anonymity of all ballots, according to the commune.
In the press release, the city cites the source of the vote inconsistency as the result of “an undercount in the ballot book.”
City staff are recounting the envelopes and cross-referencing this number with the batch sheet information.
The review of envelopes and lot sheets was scheduled to take place over the weekend, however, the city has yet to release any new information about the review.