Marshall County Commissioners watched as County Clerk Jan Pest supervised her clerks conducting the official canvass of last week's general election.
Controversy had ensued when Pest discovered just over 2,900 early and absentee votes had not been added to election night totals. One of the candidates for a County Commissioner's seat, Bob Miller, the Republican candidate, learned about the incident on Saturday. He took it in stride.
"Mistakes happen. I make mistakes. When I run for office, if people think I'm not going to make mistakes, they're wrong," Miller said. "Hopefully, I'm going to do a lot more good than bad."
At the official canvass required by law, election officials decided if provisional ballots were cast properly. They also added absentee ballots postmarked by election day and received by the first day of the canvass.
An observer from the West Virginia Secretary of State's office praised the Marshall County Clerk's office for its work. "I was very impressed by how this canvass was handled, and by the clerk and her staff and their hard work and their efficiency," Assistant Counsel Tim Leach said.
When Pest's clerks completed counting the County Commission declared the results. Republican Bob Miller had won his race against Democrat incumbent Jake Padlow. Padlow has until 6:20 P.M. on Friday, November 16th to file for a recount. If Padlow does so, he has to post a three-hundred dollar bond.
"I had faith in the system from the beginning," Miller said. "Because basically, when I got the call on Saturday, to me, that said the checks and balances in our system were working. That if anything unusual was going on, I wouldn't have gotten that phone call."
Miller said he received a very gracious congratulation from Padlow on his unofficial victory on Saturday, not five minutes after he learned of the election night mistake from Pest.
7News asked incumbent Marshall County Commissioner Jake Pad low for his views. He declined on the advice of counsel, who said the only comment he could make was "No comment."
The new Marshall County Commissioner is Republican candidate Bob Miller.
According to the results of the vote canvass Miller won with 6,218 votes over incumbent Jake Padlow who received 6,148 votes.
According to the Commissioners office, vote counting resumed at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
7News first reported Padlow was angry as the canvass started Tuesday, lashing out at the County Clerk for the mistake that led to the race still being up in the air.
Prosecutor Jeff Kramer stepped in and asked him to stop, saying it wasn't the time or place to discuss it. Miller said he believed the incident to be an honest mistake.