The Porter County
Voters Registration Office told the Chesterton Tribune today that all
four provisional ballots from Chesterton are good to be counted for
tomorrow's 2015 municipal election vote certification.
And -- one more
ballot has come in by e-mail from a military voter, meaning there will be
five votes added to the official results that could tip the tight race
between Republican Nathan Cobbs and Democrat Scott McCord in Chesterton
As the count stands
in the November 3 unofficial results, Cobbs has 399 votes and McCord has
are separated from those counted on Election Day and voters have until noon
on Friday to provide the County Election Board with proof that they are
registered to vote in that corresponding precinct.
Usually the reason
a voter receives a provisional ballot is they forgot to bring with them a
photo ID, but they can also be challenged by a poll worker if their name is
not on the poll books.
Registration Director Sundae Schoon said how the voters voted won’t be known
until the Election Board meeting Friday.
Ballots are run
through the counting machines to get the final tally.
Schoon said there
is also one provisional ballot to be counted in the Beverly Shores at-large
Town Council race where Democrats Jeff Benson and Donna Norkus are also one
If there are any
ties, the town councils will vote to resolve them. According to the Indiana
Election Manual, the councils would need to hold a vote by Dec. 31.
The Election Board
will meet Friday at 12 p.m. at the Voters Registration Office, 155 Indiana
Ave., Valparaiso, Room 105.