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Roane County's election commission found a problem with Thursday night's primary results. 8-8-14
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00:00 A vote recount changed the outcome of at least one
00:03 county election today. WB IR ten news reporter Mary Scott joins
00:07 us from the information senator Mary wrote county's election commission found
00:10 a problem with last night's primary results. Yeah that's right John
00:14 they spent the day recounting every single vote this morning --
00:18 county elections commissioner discovered about thirteen hundred votes hadn't been tally.
00:22 It made a difference in the Circuit Court clerk grace. --
00:28 -- -- Thirty days. Angled stand went to bed thinking she
00:36 lost by 200 votes then she got a call this morning
00:39 that balance from one of the early voting precincts had been
00:41 counted. From county uses electronic memory cards and the commissioner says
00:46 human error led to one of those not being included. They
00:50 were worried about two races in particular that we're very close
00:53 so far the additional that have only changed the outcome in
00:56 this Circuit Court clerk grace. -- standing now leads that Circuit
01:00 Court clerk grace she's worked as a deputy clerk for nearly
01:03 a decade and was relieved to know she still had a
01:05 job. It's just can't roller coaster. You have a twin had
01:11 flags -- analyst with in my career for nine years and
01:14 thank him. The job and the -- hurt friends like daddy
01:19 headed straight and everything -- changed. Now there's also the flip
01:24 side -- Stewart thought she had won and then once she
01:27 didn't. The election commissioner said it was heartbreaking to have to
01:30 get that news and -- with all elections these results are
01:33 not official until there certified. And that happens -- around counting
01:36 next front and back to you John Kerry thanks very much.
Election officials recounted every vote in Thursday's state primary and county general election in Roane County.
This comes after one early voting memory card where the votes are stored was not turned in Thursday night. Election Commissioner Charles Holiway said the card held 1,300 votes.
Officials said the error was a human one and they don't believe the card was tampered with.
The election commission spent Friday running all of the election cards through the computers again, just to verify the votes.
Holiway said they were worried about two races. So far the additional votes have only changed the outcome in the circuit court clerk race.
Ann Goldston, who went to bed Thursday night thinking she'd lost by 200 votes, learned Friday those additional votes put her over the top. Goldston ended up defeating Sarah Stewart by less than 500 votes.
Goldston has worked as a deputy clerk for nearly a decade. She cried and hugged the election official when she learned she would keep her job.
"It's just been a roller coaster between last night [Thursday] being so down. This has been my career for nine years and then this morning wake up and everything has just changed," Goldston said.