Vote canvass doesn’t change election outcomes
The addition of provisional ballots Friday didn’t change any of the outcomes from the Baldwin City Council, mayor and Baldwin School Board races from Tuesday’s elections.
There were five provisional ballots in the mayor’s race and eight in the council race. Tom Farmer finished second in the council election by seven votes over Chris Nichols, according to Tuesday’s count. Farmer gained three provisional votes and Nichols had two.
“It looks like in the provisional ballots, Tom Farmer picked up one more vote,” said Jamie Shew, Douglas County Clerk, following Friday’s canvassing of the ballots by the Douglas County Commission.
Officially, the city council numbers now show Bonnie Plumberg with 360 votes, Farmer with 268, Nichols with 260, Russ Gill with 243 and Ric Gere with 207. Plumberg, Gill and Gere each received an additional vote from the provisional ballots.
In the mayor’s race won by Ken Wagner, he and George McCrary both gained two votes and incumbent Gary Walbridge added one. That puts the official numbers at Wagner, 424, McCrary, 233, and Walbridge, 125.
In the school board election where incumbents Ruth Barkley, Bill Busby and Ande Parks ran unopposed, all three candidates received five additional votes from the provisional ballots. Busby had 692 votes, Parks 682 and Barkley 681. Those totals won’t be official until Franklin County’s few votes are added in.
But the school board election did draw a big write-in effort in two of the districts. A last-gasp e-mail effort imploring voters to write in Bill Harmon and Rick Deitz for two of the positions gained some ground. There were 35 write-in votes in Barkley’s district and Harmon received 18 of those. In Parks’ case there were 33 write-in votes and Deitz received five of those. There were 19 write-in votes in Busby’s district and Kathleen Davis topped the list with three. She also had three votes in Parks’ district.
There were many other write-in candidates.
“I have a huge list of write-in candidates,” said Shew. “It’s pages and pages. People always write in candidates.”
However, that was more so with the school board election as opposed to the council and mayor.
“I have a smattering of write-ins for council,” he said.