The Porter County
Election Board certified the 2018 General election Friday--no results
The Election Board
met and the counting took place in a back room of the Voters Registration
office in suite 105 at the County Administration building while a live feed
was broadcast to suite 205 for public viewing.
The final count ten
days after the election is usually for provisional ballots, but this year it
included all votes cast after 6 p.m. at a dozen polling places that opened
late on the morning of election day and stayed open past 6 p.m. by court
order. In total, 329 of the 342 ballots reviewed Friday were added to the
count. The only 13 ballots tossed were absentee ballots mailed and received
after the deadline.
The only race close
enough to be decided by those votes was the race for the district 1 County
Council seat where incumbent Andy Bozak (R) faced a challenge from former
Council member Bob Poparad (D). In the unofficial totals released Nov. 9,
Poparad had a razor-thin lead of 15 votes over Bozak.
After the final
count, both candidates had garnered more votes, but the margin remained the
same with Poparad leading Bozak by 15 votes.
“I want to thank my
supporters, and I want to thank Andy for running a nice clean campaign.
There’s too much negativity in politics,” Poparad said. He was one of few
spectators who stayed to watch the process beginning to end--which was 12
p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Bozak has until
Nov. 20 to request a recount, if he goes that route. Local Republican Party
Chairman, Michael Simpson could request a recount as late as Nov. 26.