Local Collier race ends with candidates tied!


These two candidates were fit to be tied.
Collier County had an election oddity Tuesday: In the Fiddler’s Creek Community Development District race for Seat 4, candidates Peggy Schmitt and Robert Slater tied with 244 votes apiece.

Collier elections officials said no winner would be declared until after today’s count of some misprinted ballots, a count of some still uncounted absentee ballots and until provisional ballots are counted Thursday.

“We can’t make a decision until after all of the ballots are counted,’’ Collier Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards said late Tuesday of the deadlock in that race.
Officials with the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office determined Tuesday night that the 1,000 faulty ballots have white blemishes in the tracking area on the left-hand margin. This prevented the machines from scanning them properly.

To correct the problem, Collier elections officials decided late Tuesday to use black, felt pens to correct the white marks. The corrections will be made at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Supervisor of Elections Office, and will be open to the public.

It wasn’t immediately known late Tuesday how many, if any, of the 1,000 ballots were in that community development district precinct.

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