SIDNEY — A total of 123 additional votes from provisional and absentee ballots were added to the results of the Nov. 5 General Election Monday afternoon by the Shelby County Board of Elections. With the additional votes, no final result was changed.
Before running the official results, the board approved 88 provisional ballots.
They also approved another five ballots for the following reasons:
• Voter was removed because the person was ruled incompetent; however, Judge Jeff Beigel ruled last year that the person has been ruled competent and should be placed back on the voter rolls.
• Birthday on the envelope and voter’s record didn’t agree.
• Two voters stated their homes had been annexed to the village of Botkins and the board hadn’t been notified of the change.
• Voter had been accidentally purged in list maintenance. The person voted in November 2018 and reregistered.
Fourteen ballots were rejected.
• Eight voters were not registered anywhere in Ohio.
• One voter had a bad address on the form.
• One ballot was rejected because the voter didn’t sign the envelope.
• Two ballots were rejected because the envelope was completed correctly.
• One ballot was rejected because the person moved within the county. The person hadn’t voted in a long time and the address didn’t match was on the registration form.
• One ballot was rejected because the person’s name wasn’t in the precinct list/pollbook. The person’s registration was cancelled due to incarceration. The person failed to reregister once they were released from prison/jail.
Fourteen absentee ballots received after election day but were postmarked by Nov. 4 were also counted in the official totals.
One glitch occurred when a provisional ballot couldn’t be found. After searching, the missing envelope/ballot was found in the case which held all the other ballots. It had slipped down and wasn’t immediately found.
The top three winners for the Sidney City Schools Board of Education race remained the same. Michele Lott was the top vote-getter with 2,442 votes. She received 2,418 votes on election day.
Incumbents Mandi Croft and Bob Smith remained as the No. 2 and 3 vote-getters, respectively. Croft received 2,228 votes and Smith received 1,920 votes. On election day, Croft garnered 2,202 while Smith had 1,899.
The other three candidates for the board of education seats were Bill Ankney, 1,864; John Scheu, 1,838; and Chip Hix, 1,298.
The other close race in the county was the Shelby County Museum tax. The official results for the levy were 5,187 for the levy and 5,020 against the levy.
The results for the two city of Sidney income tax levies remained the same. The levy for the fire department final was 1,516 for the levy and 2,169 against the levy.
The levy for the streets final was 1,882 for the levy and 1,802 against the levy.
Final results in other contested races include:
• Sidney Municipal Court Judge: Gary Carter, 5,380; Duane Goettemoeller, 4,712.
• Jackson Center Village Council (two elected): Kenneth Gloyeske, 211 votes; Karen Woodruff, 184 votes; Wayne York, 144 votes.
• Clinton Township Trustee (one elected): Todd Ratermann, 2,115 votes; Frank Mariano, 1,396 votes.
• Clinton Township Fiscal Officer (one elected): Sally Wood, 1,904; Amy Moloney Klinger, 1,505.
• Cynthian township Trustee (one elected): Vernon Ahrns, 281; Keith Dapore, 182; Brandon Jester, 55.
• Jackson Township Trustee (one elected): Larry Sprague, 384; John Mann, 201.
• Orange Township Trustee (one elected): Kevin Martin, 295 votes; Rebecca John, 114 votes.
Turtle Creek Township Trustee (one elected): Dustin Cole, 230 votes; Michael Eilerman, 169 votes.
• Fairlawn Board of Education (two elected): Sarah Huelskamp, 338 votes; Phillip Groves, 303 votes; Robert Gold, 213 votes.
• Fort Loramie Board of Education race (three elected): Lisa Ruhenkamp, 811 votes; Vernon Siegel Jr., 786 votes; Lynn DeLoye, 759 votes; and Thomas Wisener, 524 votes.
Write-in candidates Glenda Stangel, Washington Township fiscal officer, received 33 votes, while Brenda Goubeaux, Loramie Township trustee, received 75 votes.
A total of 10,331 cast their votes in the election. this included 8,937 on election day; 886 by absentee voting in the office; 415 absentee via the mail; and 93 provisional ballots.
Reach the writer at 937-538-4822.