Missing ballots briefly delay Mattiello recount


(HE) WE’RE ALSO WORKING DEVELOPING NEWS RIGHT NOW… …AT THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS. (MM) THE RECOUNT OF THE HOTLY CONTESTED RACE BETWEEN HOUSE SPEAKER NICHOLAS MATTIELLO AND REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER STEVEN FRIAS JUST ENDED A SHORT TIME AGO — BUT NOT WITHOUT ANOTHER STRANGE TWIST. (HE) THE BOARD BRIEFLY PUT THE RECOUNT ON HOLD THIS AFTERNOON — AFTER FINDING HUNDERDS OF BALLOTS WERE MISSING. THOSE BALLOTS DID TURN UP LATER. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER CAROLINE GOGGIN JOINS US LIVE FROM THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS WITH THE VERY LATEST ON THE RECOUNT. 85 VOTES ONCE AGAIN GIVE DEMOCRAT NICHOLAS MATTIELLO VICTORY IN THE DISTRICT 15 RACE. BUT WHEN THE REMAINING BALLOTS WERE RECOUNTED TODAY… THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS FOUND 208 OF THEM MISSING. ACCORDING TO THE VICE CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS DIANE MEDEROS… THOSE BALLOTS WERE SEALED IN CRANSTON ON ELECTION NIGHT. BUT THEY WERE THEN PLACED IN THE WRONG BIN, AND FOUND DURING THIS AFTERNOONS RECOUNT. ONCE THOSE RESULTS WERE TALLIED.. THEY REAFFIRMED WHAT UNOFFICIAL RESULTS HAD ALREADY TOLD US. THAT DEMOCRATIC HOUSE SPEAKER MATTIELLO HAS BEAT REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER STEVEN FRIAS. IN LIGHT OF TODAYS CASE OF THE MISSING BALLOT.. MEDEROS SAYS THIS WAS AN HONEST MISTAKE. “I have the upmost confidence in the results of this election and I know that i can say that with sincerity. We have some really great people here who know their jobs and um im very confident with the results of the election.” MEDEROS STRESSED THOSE BALLOTS WERE COUNTED IN CRANSTON ON ELECTION DAY AND SEALED . BUT THEY WERE PLACED IN A MISLABELED BIN. OFFICIALS HAD TO FIND THEM DURING THIS AFTERNOONS RECOUNT. SHE SAYS THESE RESULTS ARE PENDING FINAL CERTIFICATION BY THE BOARD NEXT WEEK. NEW AT 6 — WE SHARE REACTION FROM THOSE WHO STOOD BY AND WATCHED TODAYS BIZARRE RECOUNT UNFOLD. LIVE IN PROVIDENCE cg, ewn. (HE) MISSING BALLOTS — BRIEFLY DELAYED THE RECOUNT IN THE RHODE ISLAND HOUSE DISTRICT 15 RACE — BUT A FINAL TALLY GIVES THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE — A LEAD OVER HIS CHALLENGER. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER… CAROLINE GOGGIN HAS LIVE COVERAGE FROM THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS IN PROVIDENCE NOW. ITS BEEN ALMOST TWO WEEKS SINCE ELECTION DAY… BUT THE DRAMA CONTINUES. AS A RECOUNT IN THE RACE FOR DISTRICT 15 TODAY WAS MET WITH A PRETTY BIZARRE CHALLENGE. 85 VOTES REAFFIRMS DEMOCRATIC HOUSE SPEAKER NICHOLAS MATTIELLO’S WIN IN THE DISTRICT 15 RACE. BUT THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS RECOUNT.. TURNED INTO A MANIC MONDAY. “It’s bizarre.” RHODE ISLAND GOP CHAIRMAN BRANDON BELL IS REFERRING TO THE 208 BALLOTS THAT BRIEFLY WENT MISSING. “IT appears that they were sealed and put into a bin the night of the Election and probably into the wrong precinct.” AND THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS DIDNT FIND OUT… UNTIL MONDAY AFTERNOON’S RECOUNT. “Frias…Mattiello.” THOSE 208 BALLOTS WERE FOUND AND RECOUNTED… REFLECTING MATTIELLO’S WIN OVER REPUBLICAN STEVEN FRIAS… BY JUST 85 VOTES. “Never Never in 20 years of elections I’ve never seen anything like this.” REFLECTING MATTIELLO’S WIN OVER REPUBLICAN STEVEN FRIAS… BY JUST 85 VOTES. “Never Never in 20 years of elections I’ve never seen anything like this.” CHAIRMAN BELL WATCHED THE RECOUNT UNFOLD MONDAY… WITH A BIT OF CONCERN ABOUT THE PROCESS. “I only raise the question of chain of custody because I don’t know who’s bringing the ballots over I don’t know what the seal looked like. I don’t want to start conspiracy theories but I think people can draw their own conclusions.” (CG) VICE CHAIR MEDEROS SAYS THE BALLOTS WERE COUNTED AND SEALED IN CRANSTON ON ELECTION NIGHT… SO NO ONE SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOJT ANYTHING FISHY GOING ON. ITS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT STATE LAW REQUIRES MUNICIPALITIES HOLD ALL VOTED BALLOTS FOR 22 MONTHS IN CASE OF A RECOUNT OR CHALLENGE.. LIVE IN PROVIDENCE… (MM)

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