Vote Count Nearing End

Posted: November 10, 2012 at 5 a.m.

Benton County election officials say they counted the last of the normal Election Day ballots Friday, but final results for Tuesday’s election still await the return of overseas and military ballots and counting a handful of absentee and provisional ballots.

At A Glance

Under, Over Votes

John Brown Jr., chairman of the Benton County Election Commission, said there was an unusually large number of under votes recorded in Tuesday’s general election. He said the under vote totals show when a voter casts no vote in a given race. All of the choices marked on that ballot are counted, even if only one race is marked. If a voter marks more than one candidate in a race or more than one choice in a ballot question, that will be read as an over vote and none of the choices in the contest with the over votes are counted.

Source: Staff Report

At A Glance

Bella Vista Update

Two Bella Vista City Council candidates who dropped out of their races before Tuesday’s general election filed paperwork with the Benton County Clerk’s Office on Friday to withdraw to avoid runoff elections. Their names appeared on the ballot even though they were no longer in the races.

Terry Tomlin withdrew from the Ward 2, Position 2 race. Incumbent Richard Rooney had 4,195 votes to Tomlin’s 3,101 votes and Herb Thomas’ 2,350 votes.

Karen Young withdrew from the Ward 3, Position 2 race. Larry Wilson had 3,518 votes to Young’s 3,464 votes and Suzanne Jessup’s 2,542 votes.

According to Arkansas Code 7-5-106(d), those who don’t wish to participate in a runoff election are required to submit a notarized letter of withdrawal to the County Clerk’s office by the time the election is certified Nov. 16.

In Ward 3, Position 1, Linda Leffler had 4,086 votes to Allen King’s 3,425 votes and incumbent Earl Berdine’s 2,185 votes. Leffler dropped out of the race prior to the election, but has not filed any paperwork to drop out.

Source: Staff Report

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