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I was pleased to read the Aug. 25 Metro article “Elrich wins primary as recount concludes,” which I assumed would be the concluding article about the closely contested election for Montgomery County executive. It was informativ­e to learn that incumbent County Executive Marc Elrich’s (D) margin of victory was 32 votes instead of the 35 votes reported after the first counting of the ballots.

However, I searched the entire article for the report on how many ballots were counted and could not find it anywhere. It seems to me that as citizens it is important to know the ballot count for each candidate, for both the original count and the recount, to help us evaluate the recount process. The question presents itself: Did the recount result in the exact same total number of ballots? And if not, why not? This is something I had expected The Post to examine for us. It’s not too late to do that.

Arthur C. Tanner, Bowie

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