Darke County Board of Elections certifies vote


DARKE COUNTY — On November 21, the Darke County Board of Elections wrapped up its official canvass of the November 7, 2017, election.

According to Director Luke Burton, there were no major differences or changes in winning candidates or issues from the unofficial to the official canvass.

However, a small number of write-in votes in this year’s election were declared invalid, specifically votes cast for a candidate who did not file as a write in. Though all write-in votes are recorded, a vote for any other name or word typed in is considered invalid.

For example, in this year’s contest for an At-Large seat on Greenville City Council, one humorous voter wrote in “Bike Racks.”

“In those instances, the board will interpret voter intent,” Burton said. “If there is a misspelling or a derivative name used for someone, we will count it as valid. The only problem would be if we had two candidates with the same first or last name. We did not have that situation, though, so it was simple to sort those write in votes.”

To view the official results, go online to the Darke County Board of Elections website at http://ow.ly/y5Az30gTGfy

By Erik Martin

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