EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)– Some Republicans running for Evansville City Council lost by a closer margin than originally thought. Friday, the official election results were released and they showed an extra 109 votes not originally counted. Ten days after the election, two Republican candidates found out some votes in their favor weren’t counted back on November 5th. So now, some in the party are questioning if they should call for a recount.
The November election in Evansville ended in a victory for democrats Missy Mosby and Zachary Heronemus.
But during the check for official results voting officials found something unusual. An extra 109 votes.
“What we were told was that there were a couple of machines that when they process them or downloaded them that there was an error that occurred so 103 more ballots are being counted, ” Wayne Parke says.
But the other 6?
“In a voting process there’s always some provisional ballots,” Parke explains.
Those are ballots from people who might not be qualified to vote.
“The election board made up of one republican and one democrat in the county clerk meet and review each of the original ballots,” Parke says.
These findings mean Republican Natalie Rascher lost to Mosby by only 19 votes and Republican steve Melcher lost to Heronemus by 56.
We reached out to all the candidates involved.
Democrat missy Mosby says she would be shocked if her opponent or the party decided to file for a recount — because the difference is still in the double digits. Republican Steve Melcher says he won’t be asking for one unless more votes turn up. Rascher says she hasn’t decided what to do yet. Heronemus says he doesn’t have a comment and won’t unless his opponent asks for a recount.
The candidates have until November 19th to ask for a recount. But the party chairman has until the 22nd. He can decide to ask for a recount even of the candidates decide not to.
(This story was originally published on November 15, 2019)