Lewis recognized by EHS Athletic Dept. Western Brown wrestling team tops Tigers in regular season dual Broncos even at 3-3 Lady Rockets blast past CCP, fall to Bethel-Tate Angela L Shuler John C Otten Grace Pedigo plays cello for class at RULH RULH fourth grade math class hard at work RULH MS students visit Aronoff Center Fifteen indicted by Brown County Grand Jury Rita Tarvin Rocket win streak reaches five G-Men ascend to 4-0 in SBAAC National Division with win at Williamsburg Jays soar to 3-1 with win at North Adams Young Lady Jays improving as season progresses Mary J Yockey Callie J Maynard Windle Blanton Daisy D Nevels RULH HS students visit Jungle Jims Aberdeen Council has busy end of the year River Village Christmas celebration begins SR 41 now open Gast’s three-point shower drowns the Tigers Lady Rockets capture wins over Ripley, Batavia Keplinger signs with Shawnee State Warriors down the Devils, fall to the Greyhounds Broncos edge out Williamsburg, 53-50 Carol S Newman John E Short RULH Elementary names ‘Go Green’ Students RE/MAX Local Experts opens in Williamsburg RULH wraps up ‘No Shave November’ fundraiser Eleven indicted by Brown County Grand Jury Donald C Vance John C Morris Rebecca E Simpson Hot start sets pace for Broncos’ 85-40 win over CNE G-Men get off to 1-1 start Lady Rockets start off season with tough string of road games Basketball Special: 2017-18 Katherine J Wolfe Virginia J Germann Rev Commadora Manning Mona K Kirker Ohio Rural Heritage Association donates to Food Pantry RULH FCCLA attends meeting in D.C. RULH MS students try ‘Tabletop Twitter’ Ripley Village Christmas update Bonita Planck Carol J Wagner Christopher O Richey Sr Five new members to enter WBHS Athletic Hall of Fame Blue Jays ready to soar under Woodward Fischer named to OPSWA All-Ohio First Team of football all-stars High school girls’ hoop action kicks off in Brown County Formation of new joint Fire & EMS District discussed RULH students learn about ‘Global Food’ Personal financial management class at RULH High School Dale G Ferriel John E Slack Nicholas A Arthur Bonnie J Roush Charles E Faul Phyllis A Mills Carl L Watson Marc W Bolce Robert R Moore Robert K King June R Williams William T Ishmael Sr Deborah J Napier High school hoop action begins Fayetteville SAY Girls Wing Soccer Team finishes season among state’s Final Four Devils visit Georgetown for OHSAA Foundation Games Grandfather charged in boy’s death ‘Real Money’ at RULH Middle School Ripley High School celebrates Veterans Day Reward increases for information leading to conviction in Stykes’ murder Ripley Village Christmas update Kenneth M McKinley Vilvens signs with Mount St. Joseph SBAAC awards girls tennis all-stars Layman inducted into Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame SBAAC hands out awards to First Team girls’ soccer all-stars John D Marks Aberdeen Police Department receives ‘Shop With a Cop’ donation Benefit to take place Nov. 17 for Grace Copple St. Michael students take part in Community Soup Supper Voters return Worley to the bench Ruby A Ratliff Donna J Moore Stella M Glasscock Ellen L Gelter Alverda T Guillermin Justin N Beach EHS dedicates ‘Kiser Court’ SBAAC awards First Team football all-stars, winning teams Sizer earns SBAAC American Division Volleyball Player of Year honors for 3rd straight year Broncos to host Blue Jays for OHSAA ‘Jimmy Young’ Foundation Game, Nov. 17

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.
http://ripleybee.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_BoardofElectionsNovember.jpgThe 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

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

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