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Voting turnout exceeded expectations

Nov 08, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

 

Even with each city averaging less than a 30 percent turnout, Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer said that Washington County saw a better turnout for the municipal election Tuesday than many other Iowa counties he has seen.

He said the new election equipment worked very well and that the workers in the auditor’s office was very pleased with the results of using the equipment. The results of the municipal election were available about 45 minutes after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

“I think the poll workers were pleased with the equipment too,” he said. “I think any concerns they had going into the election were relieved as the day went on and they found out the new equipment is a good thing.”

The county recently replaced its election equipment with about $100,000 worth of new equipment. Both new voting machines and an electrongi poll book were used in this election.

Widmer also said in talking with voters, people had been impressed at how quickly they were able to move through the line to vote.

He said the turnout in the cities aligned with cities that had contested races, with those cities drawing a larger turnout.

He also thanked the efforts of the poll workers, who he said did a “fantastic job,” and the workers from the auditor’s office. He credits the smoothness of the election to their efforts.

The Washington County Supervisors will canvass the results of the election at 11 a.m. Nov. 14 in the council chambers.

 

The unofficial results of the 2017 municipal election are:

Ainsworth

Mayor

Troy McCarthy - 38

 

Council (elect 3)

Tim Bean - 39

Virginia Schuerman - 30

Jared Waters - 43

 

Brighton

Mayor

Robert Farley - 31

David Hagans - 45

 

Council ( elect 2)

Charles Emry - 52

Rose Jaynes - 112

David McArtor - 33

 

Crawfordsville

 

Mayor

Craig Davey - 51

 

Council (elect 3)

Sheila Baker - 26

Cory Hogue - 44

Gene Miller - 49

Carolyn Steele - 18

Catherine Williams - 21

 

Kalona

Council (elect 3)

Mark Robe - 147

Joe Schmidt - 141

Ronald Slechta - 56

Craig Spitzer - 142

 

Riverside

Mayor

Joseph Graff - 59

Allen Schneider - 154

 

Council (elect 2)

Edgar McGuire - 82

Andy Rodgers - 116

Ralph Schnoebelen - 104

Tom Sexton - 107

 

Wellman

Mayor

Ryan Miller - 64

 

Council (elect 2)

Shannon McCain - 59

Mark Philpot - 59

 

West Chester

Mayor

Chad Peiffer - 18

 

Council (elect 5)

Andrew Barnhart - 17

Ron Carey - 17

Ruth Lankford - 18

Steven Lippard - 19

Vanessa Wasson - 18

 

Washington

Mayor

Jaron Rosien - 1018

Pete Schaefer - 279

 

Ward 2

Steve Gault - 161

 

Ward 4

Bob Gaal - 100

Chris Gault - 77

Fran Stigers - 144

 

At-large

Elaine Moore - 782

Evie Richardson - 411

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