Moore sentenced to 16 years in prison for assault Tea Party holds candidate forum Hamersville Police Dept. introduces newest officer Russellville Council takes action on closing alleys Anthony R Traylor Caryl J Eyre Jays clinch 2nd in SHAC Division I Week 7 football roundup Battle between Eastern, Ripley ends in tie Broncos are SBAAC American Divison champs Lady Rockets enter final game of regular season on 3-game win streak Lady G-Men claim wins over Manchester, Bethel-Tate Lady Broncos win at New Richmond, rise to first in SBAAC American Division standings Judge approves sale of hospital Trump losing support in Ohio delegation Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Joyce A Mignerey George W Kilgore Vernon Creighton Brittany A Perkins Sister Jane Stier Jeff Bess Russell Rockwell Lady Warriors looking to get back to winning ways G-Men rise to 2nd in SBAAC Nat’l Division Western Brown volleyball team jumps to 12-6 with wins over Norwood, CNE Week six football roundup Track champions determined at MRP in an exciting night of racing action Sectional tourney play begins for Western Brown girls tennis Phillips, Sininger advance to district golf tourney Christopher W Baker Sherry A Napier Betty L Kelley Virginia E Deininger Shirley J Carr 2016 Brown County Fair comes to an end Coroner appeals ruling on Goldson investigation Ripley Federal merges with Southern Hills RUCK March set to raise veteran suicide awareness Louise I McCann Louise I McCann Jackie Garrison Kathy S Jordan Rockets rally for first league win Lady Broncos rise to 10-6 with win at Wilmington Broncos begin quest for SBAAC American Div. title Lady G-Men looking to bounce back from recent losses SHAC golf season in the books Lady Rockets top Whiteoak Fair Royalty chosen for 2016 Troop Box Ministry still going strong after 15 years Three sentenced in Common Pleas Alex K Miller Denvil Burchell Maneva H Teague Vincent A Cluxton Stanley J Brannock Robert L Dyer Mary L Phillips Broncos gallop to 9-0-1 with win over G-Men Tight battle continues for SBAAC American Division volleyball title Jays rally for win over Rockets Week 4 football roundup Sininger is SBAAC Nat’l Division Golfer of Year Lady Rockets top CCD, fall to CNE Janet R Reveal Paul D Hines Gas skimmers stealing identities Democrats meet in G’town Humane Society horses now up for adoption New ‘B-Fit Program’ at this year’s fair Drug Task Force marijuana eradication Cheryl L Sams Aaron S Cartwright Tommie E Stout Rockets soar past the Warriors, 5-0 G-Men place runner-up in Vern Hawkins XC Invite Lady Warriors cruise to victory over Fayetteville Broncos remain unbeaten at 6-0-1 Lady G-Men win at Ripley Week 3 football roundup Broncos lead after round two of SBAAC American Division play Ohana Music Festival a huge success Man charged with 292 counts of child porn possession G’Town Council resolves zoning issues, to hold public meeting on medical marijuana Chase pleads guilty to obscenity charges Georgetown Nativity Scene to be on display, much longer this year Georgetown Police Chief Rob Freeland, updates council on village happenings Jay R Crawford Kenneth James Verne Wisby, Sr Kenneth J Barber Olivette F Corbett David E Kelsey, Sr Betty A Stegbauer Virginia McConnaughey Chantal C Cook Chase pleads guilty to obscenity charges Brown County jobless rate at 16 year low UC to eliminate smoking on campus

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. 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

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