Two Billings races too close to call will be recounted by hand next week

Posted at 3:17 PM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 23:52:35-05

BILLINGS- A recount has been scheduled for two candidates who recently filed petitions to the Montana Secretary of State’s office.

The recount for House District 51 candidate Darryl Wilson will take place on Dec 4 at 1 p.m. Republican Fred Fleming took the win in the race for House District 51 in south-central Billings over Wilson.

Meanwhile, the recount in the race for District Court Judge District 13 and candidate Juli Pierce will take place 8 a.m. on Dec 5.

Former federal attorney Ashley Harada pulled ahead of Billings lawyer Juli Pierce by 119 votes in the race for district judge in Yellowstone County

Both recounts will be done manually according to Montana law.

If a difference in the vote count is discovered through these recounts, please be aware that this is not unusual and that is the why Montana has a recount law, said a release from Elections Administrator Bret Rutherford.

In general, changes in vote tallies can usually be attributed to voter errors.

Tabulating equipment is thoroughly tested but the possibility of equipment problems or operator error is not out of the realm of possibility.

Yellowstone County has conducted many recounts over the years and no recounts have ever changed the victor or the changed the outcome of an issue.

The recounts will take place in the Yellowstone County Commissioner’s Boardroom at 316 N 26th St Room 3101.

Reporting by Andrea Lutz for MTN News