Crawfordsville special election brings voters to the polls

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


For a special election, Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer said he was impressed with the percentage of people from Crawfordsville who came out to the polls to vote for a candidate to fill a vacancy on the city council.

According to the results of the election, 71 Crawfordsville residents of the 200 registered voters participated in the election. This is 35.50 percent of the voters who participated. The unofficial results showed a close race with candidate Tom Conrad beating opponent Catherine E. Williams by one vote with a 35-34 total.

?For this type of election the turnout was very good,? Widmer said. ?Normally about 10 percent, maybe, turn out to a special election. I think there was a lot of local interest over who was going to fill that seat.?

In contrast, the turnout to the special election for an at-large Mid-Prairie school board member was 6.4 percent. The unofficial results show Emily Uhl won with 223 votes to challenger Randy Billups? 123 votes. The results showed 347 people of a possible 5,419 people voted. Widmer also commented the Mid-Prairie district covers Kalona, Wellman and West Chester.

Widmer said each special election cost about $1,000, although the Mid-Prairie election was more because there were three polling sites, each of which had to be manned. He said the ballots in this election were hand-counted, saving money over using the county?s election machines.

The Washington County Board of Supervisors will canvass the election results during its regular Sept. 4 meeting.

The next election in Washington County will be the general election on Nov. 6. While candidates have until 5 p.m. today to turn in nominating papers at the auditor?s office, Widmer said the only contested county race so far is candidate Jeff Thoman, who is running as an Independent, is challenging supervisor Abe Miller for Miller?s Dist. 3 seat.