State Supreme Court to review District 71 mess

Apr 18, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state's highest court will review a recount that overturned the results in a special election for a state House seat from Tulsa.

Initial returns from the April 3 election showed Democrat Dan Arthrell three votes ahead of Republican Katie Henke. Henke requested a manual recount that found she won by one vote.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a stay to prevent any action on the recount after two ballots for Arthrell were found shortly after the Tulsa County Election Board certified Henke as the winner.

State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax  says the serial numbers on the found ballots match serial numbers of ballots counted by the machine during the election.

Henke's attorney questions why the ballots were not found until after the recount.