Election results won't be 'official' until July 9

Thursday , June 27, 2013 - 12:45 AM

OGDEN — Election code prevents Weber County from declaring “official” the results from Tuesday’s special election until July 9.

So just how reliable are the “unofficial” results, which showed Weber County voters approving the library bond and Ogden voters approving the levy to repair, improve and maintain pools at Ben Lomond and Ogden high schools?

Pretty reliable, according to Ricky Hatch, Weber County clerk/auditor.

The chances of a change in result range from “really slim” to “virtually zero,” Hatch said Wednesday.

“We show approximately 5,800 ballots that remain to be processed,” he said. “If these 5,800 ballots are all valid and counted, they would have to be 70 percent against the library bond in order for the bond to change from passing to failing. The statistical chances of this happening are really slim.”

And the pools?

“It’s harder to estimate, because we don’t know how many of the 5,800 ballots are Ogden residents,” Hatch said. “For the sake of this analysis, let’s assume 30 percent. In this case, the ballots would have to be 83 percent against in order for the levy to change from passing to failing. The statistical chances of this happening are virtually zero.

“We probably won’t see a swing of more than 1 percent either way from the unofficial results.”



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