Michael D Karos Jr John H Kirk Janet R Meyer Patsy A Clark Dorothy J Schroeder Broncos trample the G-Men, 73-40 Rockets down the Devils, 59-55 Seven new inductees to enter WBHS Sports Hall of Fame Lady Warriors ascend to 13-1 Broncos finish 2nd of 22 teams in Hammer and Anvil Invitational Hedwig Lambert Billie G Walkup Some county offices may be moved G’town Council approves 2017 budget Family doubles in size with adoption Sardinia Mayor looks forward to 2017 2017 Fayetteville Firemen’s Festival set Floyd Newberry Jr Donna F Lang Gene Warren Dwight L Fulton Virginia A O’Neil Anne L Durbin-Thomas Marietta Dunn Charles L Latchford Broncos win ‘Battle of 32’ Lady Broncos claim win over Bethel-Tate Jays top Warriors, fall to Mustangs Lady Warriors claim top spot in SHAC with win over Lynchburg-Clay Broncos buck the Lions, 54-51 James N DeHaas Questions still linger in Stuart explosion New direction for Brittany Stykes case New public safety director now on duty in Brown Co. Fayetteville Mayor anticipates a good year for the village Chamber of Commerce announces awardees Robert Bechdolt Carl E Lindsey Audrey F Maher LeJeune Howser Tammy L Connor Henry C Mayhall Jr Chad Spilker Frank W Kemmeter Jr Wanda J Howard Dorothy Huff Colon C Malott Eastern varsity teams come out on top to capture Brown County Holiday Classic crowns WBHS Army JROTC hosts rifle shooting competition Bronco varsity wrestling team unbeaten at 8-0 Blue Jays finish 1-1 in Ripley Pepsi Classic Mona G Van Vooren Hiram Beardsworth Avery W McCleese Ethel E Long Children learn safety from ‘Officer Phil’ Microchips can help locate lost pets Local GOP plans trip to Washington Three sentenced in common pleas Estel Earhart Roy Stewart Tenacious ‘D’ leads Lady Jays to victory over Blanchester on day one of Ripley Pepsi Classic Fayetteville’s Thompson, Jester earn SWOFCA All-City honors Jays fall to Blanchester on first day of Pepsi Classic Ticket details announced for OHSAA basketball and wrestling state tournaments Jerri K McKenzie Randy D Vaughn Georgetown JR/SR high to have new library Georgetown saw many improvements in 2016 Three sentenced in common pleas court Esther O Brown G-Men go on scoring rampage for 77-41 win over Cardinals Warriors climb to 4-2 with wins over West Union, Lynchburg Rockets top Whiteoak for first win Shirley M Bray Carter Lumber closes in G’town Wenstrup looks forward to 2017 Seven indicted by county grand jury John Ruthven holds pre-Christmas Open House New pet boarding facility now open in Georgetown Denver W Emmons Carl W Liebig Mary L McKinley Blake C Roush Louis A Koewler William D Cornetet Western Brown dedicates Perry Ogden Court Lady Warrior win streak hits 5 Lady Rockets wrap up tough week on the hardwood Barons rally for win over Broncos Georgetown to hire two paid Firefighter/EMT’s Noble receives statewide law enforcement award County helps family in need after house fire Flashing signs banned in G’town historic district ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ at Gaslight Thelma L Ernst Roy L Bruce Ken Leimberger Cathye J Bunthoff Lending a holiday helping hand

BOE finalizes election

On a quiet Tuesday afternoon, the Brown County Board of Elections finalized the November 3 election results.

The BOE considered 235 additional provisional ballots as well as absentee ballots that arrived after election day but were postmarked before November 2, and on a case-by-case basis, accepted 165 of the provisional ballots.

The BOE rejected 70 provisional ballots for numerous reasons, including voting in the wrong precinct, the voter not being eligible to vote in Ohio, and an invalid identification card, among many others.

Following the final canvassing of the votes, the BOE found that an additional tax levy for current expenses run in Higginsport finished at a 42-42 tie. In addition, Sterling Township’s replacement fire levy failed by a margin of five votes, 465-460. The BOE announced they would be holding an official recount on Monday at 2:00 p.m., and invited elected officials from both entities to attend and watch the recount.

“There are two issues close enough to require a recount,” Board of Elections member, Democrat Dallas Hurt said. “We have set next Monday at 2:00 p.m. to do the formal recount if any of the parties require them. That means Sterling Township can come in and watch us recount there, and Higginsport can watch there’s. That’s going to happen unless they say no don’t bother, which isn’t likely.”

According to Hurt, the only way a levy can pass is if it wins by one vote or more. A tie in a levy is declared a defeat.

In total, the BOE counted 12,395 ballots cast out of 26,716 registered voters in the county, meaning just 46.4 percent of the electorate voted in the November election. That’s higher than the state average.

In Ohio, 3,177,449 ballots were cast out of 7,529,667 registered voters, or a 42.2 percent turn out rate.

Even with the relative inexperience of the BOE staff, including Director Connie Ayers with three years under her belt, multiple BOE members said that this election went smoother than in the past, citing how the BOE was able to finish their election night counting by 10:30 p.m.

“I think that the election went as well or better than any elections we’ve held since I’ve been on the board,” Votel said. “It was smooth, the four (staff members) didn’t seem to be concerned. Everyone knew what they were supposed to be doing and it got completed.”

Kattine and Hurt echoed those comments.

“I think it went very smoothly,” Kattine said. “I think the poll workers needed a bit heavier training because it was new to everyone this year but I think everyone did a wonderful job. Everybody was trying to do their best. Everyone cooperated together.”

“This is the fifth November election that I have participated in and this is the smoothest one that I have ever been through,” Hurt said. “We were extremely cautious, so we over prepared. We were prepared with extra training and extra attention to the directives of the processes put forth by the Secretary of State, and we were out of there by 10:30 p.m., and that was very unusual.

“I would have to say, the extra training really paid off with out poll workers. We had a lot of new poll workers, they came to training, paid attention, and we had good results on election day. When we heard the news about what happened in Hamilton County we were very anxious and nervous about what might go wrong, but the staff and poll workers did an outstanding job.”

After Tuesday’s canvassing, the board now focuses on the March 15 primary, which includes a number of key elected positions both locally, at the state level, and nationally.

December 16, 2015 is the deadline for primary candidates to hand in their petitions for candidacy to the BOE.

The Board of Elections met in regular session on Tuesday, November 17 and finalized the 2015 November election results.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_BoardofElectionsNovember.jpgThe Board of Elections met in regular session on Tuesday, November 17 and finalized the 2015 November election results.
Higginsport levy finishes in tie

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

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