when the board signed off on the
election’s official results.
Election boards in Indiana are to certify all votes 10 days after the
election so a list of results and candidates can be mailed to the Indiana
Election Division today.
A total of 19 additional ballots were included in the county’s final tally.
Two were provisional ballots, or ballots that require a voter to prove their
registration to the Election Board if it’s challenged. Also counted were one
overseas ballot, two ballots that had been missing, five ballots that the
poll machines could not read at the time of voting and nine that had been
Of those 19, nine came from Center Twp., three from Liberty Twp., two in
Westchester Twp., two in Portage Twp., two in Porter Twp. and one from Pine
Including the new ballots, 12,950 ballots were cast countywide for a total
of 11.01 percent of registered voters, which is the lowest it’s been for a
primary race since 2006 according to Voter Registration Office Directors
Democrat Kathy Kozuszek and Republican Sundae Schoon.
“We typically don’t see big numbers in the primary elections,” Kozuszek
said. “It costs the same whether one person votes or 100 percent vote.” The
low number of contested races had been blamed as a factor in the low
Republicans cast 7,645 ballots outnumbering the Democrats who cast 4,938,
about a 20 percent difference. The referendum for Hebron schools saw 367
No races saw their results overturned. The margin between Biggs and Yelton
widened but remained the county’s closest race with 1,076 votes for Biggs
and 1,064 for Yelton, followed by the Hebron Schools referendum with 865
votes for and 842 against, a 23 vote difference.
Certifying the vote were Election Board president and Republican
representative David Bengs, Katrina Spence who was proxy for Democratic
representative J.J. Stankiewicz and Kenard Taylor who was proxy for County
Clerk Karen Martin.