Correction: An earlier version of this story cited incorrect numbers of reform Democrat precinct committeeman and total number of committeemen in the Delaware County Democrat party.
MUNCIE, Ind. — The Delaware County Election Board met Monday and certified the the 2022 primary election counts that only delivered a 13% turnout of registered voters.
Board members reviewed five provisional ballots and allowed four of them, rejecting one ballot that lacked information. The board also rejected 16 mail-in votes that arrived after the deadline, causing them to be disqualified under state law.
One race, however, remained unsettled. On the Democratic ballot in precinct 74 the race for Democratic Precinct Committeeman between Katherine Williams and John P. Hampton finished with Williams winning by a single vote, 48 to 47. Hampton has filed a petition for a recount in Delaware Circuit Court I, according to Delaware County Clerk Rick Spangler.
Spangler, who is a member of the election board by virtue of being clerk, said the recount would primarily involve a hand count of absentee votes in the race.
"The machine count is the machine count," he said. "But we'll run it."
The machine count from votes cast on Election Day isn't likely to change because nothing is different about the machine or the ballots from the first count. Absentee ballots, however, were cast ahead of time and each ballot will now be reviewed and counted by hand.
State law mandates that the recount be completed by the last Friday in June, which is June 24 this year. The judge in the case will appoint a recount commission, which will have one Republican, one Democrat and one "competent mechanic" familiar with the voting system.
Hampton will pay $100 to the county for the recount.
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Williams ran with the reform faction of the Democrats in Delaware County and Hampton is identified with the establishment party. The reform New Democratic Coalition ran numerous candidates for precinct committeeman to gain strength within the party organization. Other coalition candidates were removed from the ballot after county party Chairman Ana Quirk Hunter protested their candidacies on mostly technical grounds related to filing paperwork.
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"I think we did pretty good," said coalition member Jason Donati. He said the reform Democrats won most of the committeeman races in which they fielded a candidate on the ballot and had numerous committeeman candidates who were unopposed.
Going into the county party reorganization meeting on May 26, the coalition controls about 27 of the 78 committeeman spots, he said.
David Penticuff is the local government reporter at the Star Press. Contact him at email@example.com.
This article originally appeared on Muncie Star Press: Delaware County Elections 2022: Board certifies primary vote