It ainít over until
And thatís how it
is in the case of this yearís one contested race on the Chesterton Town
may have the power to change the results and the future make up of the
Republican Director Sundae Schoon after deadline on Wednesday told the
Chesterton Tribune that her office has four provisional ballots from
precincts in the Town of Chesterton, creating the possibility that the tight
race between Republican Nathan Cobbs and Democrat Scot McCord for the
Council Ward 4 seat could have a different outcome when the Porter County
Election Board approves the vote totals at noon on Friday, Nov. 13.
In the unofficial
results posted Tuesday night, Cobbs had 399 votes and McCord had 398 votes.
When certifying the
vote on Nov. 13, an election board may count a provisional ballot if a voter
has confirmed their identity as a valid registered voter in those precincts.
are given to voters when there is a question by a poll worker or political
party as to the personís qualification to vote in that precinct.
Challenges can be
made if the voter lacks photo identification, their name is not on the poll
list, they do not reside in the precinct or if their signature does not
match the one on their registration record.
The board also
counts in the final tally any ballots mailed in from military members or
registered voters in the County who are overseas received before or on
Schoon said that
neither Chesterton or Porter have any overseas or military ballots left to
boards are to submit final vote counts to the Indiana Secretary of Stateís
Office ten days after an election.
Rarely have there
been enough provisional votes to change the winner in a contested race, at
least in Porter Countyís history.
But the odds are at
their highest when there is a race where one vote is the difference between
No More Ballots in
Another wire thin
race occurred in the Town of Porterís 3rd Ward Council race, where Democrat
William Lopez won over Republican incumbent Rob Pomeroy, 298 to 296.
However, there are
no provisional ballots for Porter, according to Schoon, which means the
results for that race will most likely be the same when the vote is
Clock is Ticking
are kept separate from other ballots and the challenged voter has 10 days
after election to provide a government-issued photo identification to the
election officials or other required residency documentation in order for
their ballot to be accepted.
Depending if any of
the provisional ballots are counted, that is if any of those four people
take time between now and noon on Nov. 13 to show proof they are registered
in those respective precincts, there is also the chance Cobbs and McCordís
race could result in a tie.
Should that be the
case, the Indiana Election Division states that members of the local fiscal
body pertaining to the race -- in this case the Chesterton Town Council --
would need to take a vote themselves to resolve the tie by Dec. 31.
The Election Board
will meet on Nov. 13 at the Voters Registration Office, located at the
Countyís Administration Center, 155 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, Room 105.
Schoon said that
candidates or voters have until Nov. 17 to file a petition for a recount.
McCord and Pomeroy said Wednesday they do not wish to seek recounts.