And the winner is…
Not that this is a rural area or anything, but I just ran across this in one of the local papers:
On Tuesday, a total of 26 people voted in the special election. [Candidate A] received 12 votes to [Candidate B]’s 11 votes.
According to [County Official], there was one write-in vote along with the two provisional ballots.
“The official final results will not be known,” she says, “until the provisional ballots are reviewed.”
The ballots will be reviewed at 1 p.m., Thursday, in the County Auditor’s Office.
That there were only 26 people who voted in this special election is a fact that doesn’t surprise me as this story comes from a very small town (population 102). What I find interesting, and honorable, is that they take the election seriously enough to take the two provisional ballots in to the Auditor’s Office, fifteen miles away, to open them during a special ceremony days later, whereupon the two ballots will be duly counted. This makes me proud of America and democracy. It would have been very easy for the election officials to say, “Ah, the hell with it, Earl, just open the damned envelope and let’s go have a beer.” But they’re following proper procedure, and that makes me happy.