The ballot counting machine Otoe County relied on to determine the winner of the Fourth District Otoe County Board nomination in the May 15 primary election indicates one ballot rejected due to error and 24 voters who left the ovals blank.


Incumbent Tim Nelsen defeated challenger James Parsons for the Republican nomination to the county board on a vote of 251 to 250.


There was one write-in vote, where a voter wrote in the name of Paul Wallman. Wallman is the Democratic nominee for the office and will appear with Nelsen on the ballot in the November general election.


The ballot counting machine Otoe County relied on to determine the winner of the Fourth District Otoe County Board nomination in the May 15 primary election indicates one ballot rejected due to error and 24 voters who left the ovals blank.

Incumbent Tim Nelsen defeated challenger James Parsons for the Republican nomination to the county board on a vote of 251 to 250.

There was one write-in vote, where a voter wrote in the name of Paul Wallman. Wallman is the Democratic nominee for the office and will appear with Nelsen on the ballot in the November general election.

The single ballot rejected came from Syracuse, where the machine indicated an overvote. Election Commissioner Janene Bennett said an overvote can occur if a person makes a mark in more than one oval.

The undervotes occur when voters do not make any mark for a particular race.

The machine indicated a total of 17 overvotes in the entire election, inlcuding one overvote for county board from Syracuse. Syracuse also had 12 undervotes, where ballots for county board were not marked at all.

The Syracuse precinct also had overvotes for US. Senate and state Legislature.

Parsons attended the recount Thursday, which was done by the same machine that made the original count on Tuesday night. Election Commissioner Janene Bennett said there would be no hand count of the ballots.