SOUTH BEND — Stack by stack, ballot by ballot, the county election recount got under way this morning.
A five-member recount commission is hand-counting ballots cast for county clerk and county assessor in the Nov. 2 election.
The group is gathering in a cinder-block meeting room in a warehouse on South Olive Street.
At mid-morning, they were part way through counting results from a single precinct. There are 230 precincts in St. Joseph County.
Republican Jack Smith and Democrat Ryan Deeter together are counting the ballots cast for assessor. Republican Murray Winn and Democrat Debbie Ladyga-Block are counting the ballots cast for clerk.
"They’ll lay out all the ballots and manual count each," explained Keith McGinnis, of RBM Consulting LLC. The firm has a contract with St. Joseph County to provide services in support of election equipment and processes.