Clerk: Delay in election results to ensure numbers are right the first time

Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey explains why the delay for final election results in Tippecanoe County (WLFI).
Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey explains why the delay for final election results in Tippecanoe County (WLFI).

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Voters in the Tippecanoe County Office Building Tuesday night were eager for final election results. However, some were noticing a bigger delay getting those results in Tippecanoe County than in other central Indiana counties.

“There really wasn’t a hangup tonight,” Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey said. “I sent out an email a couple weeks ago and said it will be a late night.”

Coffey said it was important to the Tippecanoe County Election Board that they get the final results right the first time.

“The volume wasn’t quite what we thought it would be [Monday]. Processing all the paper absentees takes a long time. We had almost 2,000 of those,” said Coffey. “There’s just a process that we have, and it works – so we just don’t rush it.”

Coffey said the final results are not certified until Nov. 18. The election board will meet at 1 p.m. on Nov. 18 to review provisional ballots.

Here’s a look at other races around Tippecanoe County:

The three county council at-large Republican incumbents have won the race. John Basham received 20 percent of the vote, Kevin Underwood got 19 percent and Bryan Metzger pulled in 18 percent of the vote.

The other candidates vying for at-large seats were: Democrat Darcy Allen, 14 percent; Democrat Ashley Smith, 15 percent; Libertarian Daniel Church, 8 percent; and Randall Young; 6 percent.

Republican candidate for county treasurer Jennifer Weston beat Democrat Miriam Kerns with 60 percent of the vote.