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June 26, 2014
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Secretary of State Linda McCulloch Certifies 2014 Primary Election Results; Confirms Accuracy of Vote Count with Post-Election Audit

HELENA, MT – Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch has certified the 2014 Primary Election results and confirmed the accuracy of the vote count, stating that a post-election audit of the vote-counting machines verified the tabulations in each county.

“Every vote matters,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Our Election Administrators and Clerk and Recorders do a great job providing fair and accurate elections, and the post-election audit reinforces the integrity of the system.”

The State Board of Canvassers held a public meeting on Tuesday, June 10 to select random precincts and races for the post-election audit of the vote-tabulating equipment used in the 2014 Primary Election.

Every county subject to the audit had to hand-count both the federal U.S. Representative race and the state Supreme Court Justice Seat #1 race for the precincts that were selected. Additionally, some counties had to also hand-count a local legislative race, if there was a contested Primary.

“We’re shifting our focus to the General Election,” Secretary McCulloch said.  “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the time we have to get registered and prepare to vote on November 4. You can get started by checking My Voter Page, either online or from your smartphone.”

My Voter Page is available as an App on select smartphones, and on the Secretary of State’s website. The state canvass and additional election items are also available online at sos.mt.gov/Elections.

Statewide election results for the 2014 Primary Election remain unofficial until after the state canvass, which was completed at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25.  Secretary of State Linda McCulloch and representatives from the offices of the State Auditor, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Attorney General were in attendance.