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Hand recount continues in Jasper County following misreported election night results

11,000 ballots were counted again Saturday after human error threw the initial numbers for a loop, and the process still isn't done.

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Recounting thousands of ballots was not how Jasper County Auditor Dennis Parrott imagined spending the Saturday or Monday after Election Day.

About 11,000 ballots were tallied for a second time in Jasper County Saturday after a human error threw numbers for a loop on election night.

That error directly impacted the race between Democrat Rita Hart and Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks to represent Iowa's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

On top of Saturday's recount, a single precinct in Jasper County had to be recounted, 561 ballots in total, on Monday after misreporting totals last week.

"We reported wrong results on election night," Auditor Dennis Parrott said at a Friday press conference. "When we got the, what we believe to be the correct results, we then locally published them."

"I am convinced, because I know the system so well inside and out, that those seconds results are completely accurate."

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate ordered the Clear Creek-Poweshiek precinct to count the votes again by hand after a human error caused the numbers to be reported wrong to the state.

"Even with this human error ... we had the system that caught that," Pate said Monday.

After the error was corrected, Hart moved ahead of Miller-Meeks slightly in the 2nd Congressional District.

Monday is the county canvas date to verify the number of ballots cast in each precinct by political party and for each office, as well as the vote totals for each candidate.

You can view the unofficial results for every county at this link

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