Many questions remain in the minds of Ford County voters and candidates regarding the outcome of the County Commission race. The District 2 Commission candidates names were not on the electronic ballots for early voters for Dodge Township.
Sharon Siebel said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon that she did not know how many ballots were affected. She also reiterated her previous statement that there are no plans to hold a special election. The only plan in place is to count provisional votes on Monday, August 13.
The company that provided the original encoding for the ballots is Election Systems and Software (ES&S) in Omaha, Neb. Once the omission was found Tuesday, the company was able to assess and correct the error quickly, allowing voting to continue. It is unclear how the error occured.
ES&S did not return a phone call from the Globe.
Scott Fischer, chairman of the Ford County Republican party, said in a phone interview Thursday that the party was not taking any action because they do not want to give an impression of favoritism to either of the candidates in the primary. Instead, Fischer said he hopes to encourage people to be informed and vote.
"I hope that this election will encourage more people to take part in the democratic process, and know that their vote matters," said Fischer in a phone interview Thursday.
District 2 County Commission candidate Chris Boys said had had not returned calls from the Globe Wednesday due to the fact that his wife had just given birth to their new baby girl.
Boys said he belives that the election will be contested regardless of the outcome.
"The election process has to work the system out," he said. "I think Mike Burkhart thought he was going to win by a landslide and he will contest because of the amount of money he spent campaigning."
Boys also added that it is the county commissioners who look through and evaluate the provisional ballots. According to Boys, 30 provisional ballots will be reviewed Monday.
"I've recieved phone calls from people saying 'you weren't on my ballot and I was upset,'"he said. "I think I have heard from about 24 people and who knows how their votes could have affected the outcome."
Glenn I. Kerbs, Ford County Counsel, could not be reached for comment. A call to the election division at the Secretary of State's office was not returned by press time.