Polls are now closed in Monroe County. The cutoff time was 6 p.m., which made for a 12-hour voting day.
But anyone in line by 6 p.m. has to be allowed to cast a ballot.
[Updated at 9:03 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2023. Based on unofficial results released by the county clerk, the MCCSC referendum passed by a 108-vote margin: 5,229 yes to 5,121 no. That’s 50.5 percent to 49.5 percent. Here’s the .pdf of unofficial vote totals: Nov. 7, 2023 unofficial vote totals.]
Bloomington voters have elected their next mayor, clerk, and nine city council seats. For 10 of those races, the outcome was already known.
Unopposed on the ballot were Democrats Kerry Thomson for mayor and Nicole Bolden for city clerk.
Also unopposed on the ballot were the following Democrats running for city council: Isabel Piedmont-Smith (District 1); Kate Rosenbarger (District 2); Dave Rollo (District 4); Shruti Rana (District 5); Sydney Zulich (District 6); and Isak Asare, Andy Ruff, and Matt Flaherty (at-large members).
The only contested Bloomington city race was for the District 3 city council seat. Republican Brett Heinisch is vying with Democrat Hopi Stosberg for that spot.
Along with the District 3 results, this piece will be updated below, with results from the Monroe County Community School Corporation referendum, when they are available.
Typically, the results from early in-person voting and mailed-in absentee voting are released first, followed by the Election Day results.
Election Day results typically come in a few different batches corresponding to different polling locations.
Geography is a big factor. There’s some physical distance that has to be covered, when teams from different polling locations across the MCCSC district pack up everything—their ballots, the memory devices from the ballot scanners, and other election documentation—and turn in the whole package to Election Central.
Election Central is in downtown Bloomington, located at 7th and Madison streets in the old Johnson’s Hardware building. That’s where The B Square will remain parked until all results are in.
The B Square will add to this article with time-stamped updates from Election Central until the final unofficial results are in, or otherwise indicated here. Continue reading “Update: School referendum passes by 1 point | Alea iacta est: Nov. 7, 2023 election results for Bloomington, Monroe County served when ready”