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Supervisors finalize county primary elections results

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Voting results didn't change between the June 5 primaries and the election canvasses by the Plymouth County Supervisors Tuesday.

In the Republican primary, which included contested races for three county supervisor district nominations and the sheriff, 2,184 ballots were cast, 360 of which were absentee.

In the Democrat primary, 86 ballots were cast, 21 of which were absentee.

"All of the ballots that were counted were received before the Special Precinct Board was to meet on Thursday and before the election canvass (Tuesday)," said Auditor Stacey Feldman.

She explained the Special Precinct Board reviews any ballots received in the mail after the election with the June 4 postmark and any provisional ballots cast at the polls.

Expenses for both primaries totaled $19,397, which includes election workers' wages, supplies, programming memory cards and publication costs, Feldman said.

That $19,397 is paid from the county's general fund tax dollars within the auditor's budget; all rural and city property owners pay that tax levy, she said.

Supervisor Craig Anderson calculated that would be an about $8.54 per vote cost.

Feldman commended the nearly 80 election officials who manned precinct polling locations during the primary elections.

"The ones that worked did a great job," she said. "We really appreciate their service."

Feldman also complimented election officials manning the county's new East Precinct made up of Garfield, Henry, Meadow and Remsen townships.

"They were new and they did a great job in running their precinct," Feldman said.

In other business Tuesday the supervisors:

* Approved an ordinance allowing cities within the county to offer five-year tax extensions on undeveloped lots in subdivisions. That extension would be in addition to the current five-year time period set by the Iowa Legislature last year. The supervisors approved the ordinance after a second public hearing, which no one attended, choosing to waive the third review as allowed by state law.

* Reviewed and approved a $31,000 contract for fiscal year 2012-13, starting July 1, with the Siouxland Regional Transit System to provide services in the county as budgeted by the supervisors earlier this year.

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