Press release: Dungan, Kleeb Express Faith in Election Integrity

State Sen.-elect George Dungan and Nebraska Democratic Chair Jane Kleeb expressed their faith in the integrity of Nebraska’s election systems amid Republican Russ Barger’s petition challenging the results.

I have complete faith in both our elections and the systems that we currently have in place to count ballots,” Dungan said. “By initiating legal action to require a recount by hand, Mr. Barger is simply furthering election conspiracy theories that have no place in Nebraska. He absolutely has the right to a recount as provided by law but has decided not to avail himself of that process. I continue to be honored that the voters of LD26 elected me to represent them. I am eager to put this distraction behind us and get to work serving the people of Nebraska.”

Said Kleeb: “The Democratic Party believes in the work the Nebraska Secretary of State and the Lancaster County Election Commissioner have performed ensuring a fair election. The attempts of Republicans who lost their race to now litigate the issues using trumped-up claims is yet another stain on their party going all in on conspiracy theories.”

Background: The race for Lincoln’s District 26 seat was won by Dungan, who had 5,960 votes to Barger’s 5,736 votes. Barger asked the Secretary of State last week to order a hand recount of ballots, but was told by the Nebraska Secretary of State that state law allows for machine recounts. Barger has now filed a petition to the courts.

The State Board of Canvassers certified the election results on Monday.

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