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Human error to blame for incorrect Barnstead election results

Human error led to the incorrect reporting of several election results from Barnstead on Tuesday night.

Democrat Carol Shea-Porter was incorrectly announced as winning the town in the race for the 1st Congressional District seat. She lost Barnstead to Republican Frank Guinta, 1,153 to 1,054. This change does not affect the final result in the district race.

Republican Sam Cataldo of Farmington won the town race for state Senate District 6 by four votes more than originally reported: 1,169 over Democrat Richard Leonard of New Durham’s 1,027.

Barbara Luther, a Democrat, won the town race for register of deeds, with 1,205 over Republican Kerstin Ahlgren, 905.

Bruce Marriott received 1,003 votes in his lost state representative race to Guy Comtois, who received 1,255 votes in Barnstead.

Roberta Smith received 991 votes in her lost state representative race to Jane Cormier, who received 1,255.

There were no mechanical errors with the voting machines on election night. The problems stemmed from “people doing addition in their head when they’d been working the polls since 7 a.m., and they should have used a calculator,” said Deputy Town Clerk Mary Clark.

(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or
spalermo@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)

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