BOONVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) From Your Local Election Headquarters, the final ballots from the Boonville City Council District 4 Democratic Primary are counted.
It ends with Chad Pryor growing his lead over his opponent Steve Byers, putting Pryor on the ballot for this fall.
The counting of the provisional ballots is the latest chapter in this race, which started several months ago after a judge ordered a new election after several errors were found in the first one.
Of the six ballots reviewed, five were accepted, ending with Pryor’s lead over Byers to grow from four to nine.
“The goal is always to identify issues and make sure that everything is accurate as possible for the voters coming in to the elections,” says Andrew Skinner of the Warrick Co. Election Board.
The provisional ballot count happens nearly two weeks after the special election, where Pryor beat Byers by four votes. A special election was held after a judge threw out the results of the May primary race. The judge said there were too many errors involving people getting the wrong ballots and people not voting in the right precinct. Those errors were blamed on recent annexations in Boonville. Skinner says changes have been made to make sure those mistakes are not repeated.
“When an annexation occurs, make sure the communication between the city or town and this office occurs in a manner where we all know what the changes made were by the annexation and by redistricting by the city or town so that we can implement the changes,” he says.
As for the special election’s cost, Boonville and Warrick County officials will decide on who pays for it, but the candidate will not be responsible. We reached out to both candidates for their reaction, but our calls weren’t returned.