Some incorrect ballots at one Davenport polling location, auditor says

Published: Nov. 9, 2022 at 10:53 PM CST
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - Forty-seven ballots at one Davenport polling location during the 2022 General Election had the incorrect candidates listed, Auditor Kerri Tompkins said Wednesday.

Tompkins said some ballots at the polling location were missing the names of Democrat Ken Croken, candidate in the Iowa House District 97 race, and Democrat Cindy Winckler, a candidate in Iowa’s Senate District 49 race.

Croken, according to Tompkins won by a large margin with over 3,500 votes. Winckler ran unopposed.

Tompkins said no votes from the invalid ballots were counted, as the scanning tabulator rejected them. She said they received guidance from Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office and created new ballots with both Democratic and Republican observers to oversee the process.

Tompkins added that her office would review training procedures for future elections.

“Unfortunately, the workers did not check the ballot style number as is our procedure,” she said in an email to TV6. “However, I am grateful the process worked as the machines did not accept those ballots. The situation was discovered and resolved quickly with state guidance.”