The Porter County
Election Board certified the results of the 2016 General Election on Friday
with a total of 79,075 votes counted.
That is 4,282 more
ballots than were cast in the 2008 presidential election and 5,265 more than
in the 2012 presidential election, the most ever for a Porter County
However, in terms
of voter turnout, 2016 fell short in comparison to 2008’s voter turnout rate
of 66.3 percent and 2012’s rate of 64.4 percent. The turnout certified
Friday was 62.29 percent out of 126,941 registered voters.
The county has
grown by 14,130 voters since 2008.
across the state are to certify their results ten days after an election. In
those ten days, voters who cast provisional ballots can validate their
registration to the board and have their ballot added to the official count.
are given usually when a voter forgets to bring a photo ID to the polls, but
they can also be challenged if a poll worker does not find their name in the
The official count
also includes military and overseas ballots that have come in after the
There were 285
additional ballots counted for the official results since Election Night.
Voters Registration Republican Director Sundae Schoon said she did not have
the exact breakdown of provisional and overseas/military ballots because
there are “too many to count.”
The Election Board
spent about two hours Friday counting boxes of ballots from different
precincts around the County. In attendance were Republican board member and
President David Bengs and Democratic member J.J. Stankiewicz. A proxy was
present for the board’s third member, County Clerk Karen Martin.
The final count did
not change any race results in Porter County, or cause any ties such as last
year’s municipal election when provisional ballots created a tie between
Nate Cobbs and Scott McCord for the Chesterton Town Council and a second tie
between candidates Greg Brown and Craig Nordstrom on the Beverly Shores Town
The gap between
Presidential candidates Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton
grew shorter in the official results with Trump getting 113 more votes and
Clinton getting 145 votes.
In all, 38,832
votes in Porter County went to Trump, 33,676 votes went to Clinton, 4,253
votes went to Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and 1,505 votes went to
ticket in the county were 14,474 Democrats, 14,092 Republicans and 797