From left: Judge Erik Allen, and recount commissioners Bob White, WIlliam Ellis, and Fred Turner.
Recount commissioner Fred Turner.
From left: Dave Hall, Cory Ray, Fred Turner, Bob White, William Ellis.
From left: Recount commissioners Bob White and William Ellis.
Recount commissioner William Ellis.
Republican Jake Dodds has been confirmed as winning one of the three seats on the Benton Township board in Monroe County, Indiana.
The result of a manual recount of the ballots, which concluded Thursday morning around 11 a.m., provided a 3-vote margin for Dodds over fourth-place finisher, Democrat Hans Kelson.
Before the provisional ballots were adjudicated on Nov. 18—that’s 10 days after the Nov. 8 Election Day—Dodds was up by 6 votes over Kelson. Dodds had 621 votes compared to 615 for Kelson.
The adjudication of the provisional ballots added 2 more votes to Kelson’s total. That reduced the margin to 4 votes—621 to 617. That’s when Monroe County Democratic Party chair David Henry filed a petition requesting a manual recount.
After the manual recount, Dodds had one fewer vote and Kelson had the same number, leaving a 3-vote gap.
That means the Benton Township board that’s sworn into office on Jan. 1, 2023 will consist of Dodds, and Democrats Sean McInerney and Joseph Husk. The Benton Township trustee’s election was won by Democrat Michelle Bright over Republican Josh Dodds.
Judge Erik Allen out of Greene County oversaw the recount work. On Thursday, after the recount commissioners had completed their work at Monroe County’s Election Central, Allen told them: “I observed the process from beginning to end, and I have full confidence in the job that was completed.”
On Wednesday’s agenda were ADA-compliant automatic doors, new paint, and an awning running the full length of the building. The awning is intended to keep voters out of the weather, if lines stretch outside the building.
The agenda items were introduced to commissioners by Monroe County facility and fleet manager Greg Crohn.
The biggest part of the $71,890 total for items approved on Wednesday was $42,845 for the interior construction contract with Strauser Construction Co. Inc.—based on design plans submitted by architect Michael Chamblee.
The interior remodel will include construction of a 12-foot x 20-foot room for ballots and a second ADA-compliant bathroom. The current bathroom will be brought up to ADA compliance. A break room will also be added.
On Friday for most of the day, 190 different ballot types for the May 3 primary elections were on display for review by the candidates at Monroe County’s election central.
That’s the office in the old Johnson Hardware building at 7th and Madison streets.
The B Square counted 28 candidates or their proxies who inspected ballots on Friday. That’s just 16 percent of the 172 total candidate names that will appear on ballots in Monroe County. It’s not a legal requirement that candidates inspect the ballot.
But it is a requirement of state law that ballot proofs be made available for inspection before they’re printed [IC 3-11-2-2.1]
It’s a chance for candidates to help catch misspellings of their own names before the ballots get printed.
Saturday’s voice vote by the party’s precinct committeemen and committeewomen was not controversial. It’s not a dramatic change in party leadership. Her election just elevated Bryant from party vice chair to chair.
And Bryant’s first appointment, to fill her vacant vice chair spot, was a familiar face—William Ellis, who up to now has served as party chair. Saturday’s news could be fairly described as a simple swap in the roles of Ellis and Bryant.
Spoonmore put it like this: “I will conclude my service on the Monroe County Council when my term expires at the end of 2022.”
Spoonmore currently serves as the president of the seven-member council, which is the county government’s fiscal body.
Spoonmore’s statement talks about the next year and a half that he will still be serving county residents: “I also recognize that the most important public service I have to offer as a member of the Council could well occur over the next 18 months as our County addresses a number of upcoming and exciting opportunities.”
The statement wraps up with an acknowledgement of his family’s support: “Finally, I want to thank my wife, Lindsey, and our family, who have made many sacrifices in allowing me to pursue my interests of public service.”