What are the odds
that not one but two Town Council races in Porter County ended in a tie in
the same election?
Itís pretty much
incalculable, but it did happen Friday afternoon when the County Election
Board met to certify the results for the 2015 election with a 401-401 count
for the one Chesterton Council race between Republican Nathan Cobbs and
Democrat Scott McCord and in the Beverly Shores Council at-large race with
two candidates -- Republican Greg Brown and Democrat Craig Nordstrom --
getting 135 votes each.
ďItís definitely a
day to remember,Ē said Voters Registration Republican Director Sundae Schoon.
In all, the
Election Board counted 111 more ballots countywide in the official results
certified after noon Friday, adding to the vote totals from Election Day,
Nov. 3. Five of those votes were from Chesterton, one from Porter and one
from Beverly Shores.
The majority of the
new ballots, 94 in fact, are from the precincts in Portage.
Schoon said the
reason the number of provisional ballots was so much larger there is because
those were the ballots cast between 6 and 7 p.m. on Election Day. The
polling location at the Portage Public Library didnít get started until
about 9 a.m., three hours after it should have. Election workers were not
able to get equipment out of a locked room and later County Superior Court
Judge William Alexa issued a court order for the polls to be open an hour
longer for Portage only.
In Chesterton, the
additional ballots -- four provisional and one sent in by a member of the
military -- were counted in the Westchester 1, 3, 8 and 10 precincts. Cobbs
picked up two votes and McCord captured three, putting them in a deadlock of
401 votes each.
Schoon said that
military and overseas ballots can come in up to ten days after an election
as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. Emailed or faxed ballots
must be received by noon on Election Day.
Tribune learned Friday that there was one provisional ballot in the Town
of Porter good to be counted. The ballot widened the close gap between
Republican incumbent Council member Rob Pomeroy and his Democratic opponent
Lopez led with a
two-vote margin in the counts on Nov. 3 and took one more vote Friday,
ending the race with 299 votes for Lopez and 296 votes for Pomeroy.
until tomorrow to request a recount. Pomeroy had told the Tribune he
was not interested in a recount for his race.
A total of 14,384
ballots were cast this year out of 68,187 registered voters, with a 21.09
percent voter turnout.
Comparing that to
the previous municipal general elections four years ago, there were 14,774
ballots cast out of 59,538 voters, for a 24.81 percent turnout in 2011.