The results from last month’s primary and special elections have been certified without additional legal action or a formal request for a recount.
“As soon as we finish the official canvassing of the ballots- which we did last week- we have one signing,” Butler County Bureau of Elections Director Shari Brewer said in an interview Tuesday. “We then wait five days and that’s the appeal process. At the end of those five days, the Board of Elections signs them again and then they become official.”
Those official results will now be submitted to the state and 46 people throughout the county who won elections through write-in votes will be asked if they accept the positions they have been nominated for.
Brewer said she learned a great deal through the legal challenge process over the past couple of weeks when Butler County Court of Common Pleas judicial candidate Jennifer Gilliland-Vanasdale filed motions questioning the legitimacy of her six-vote loss in that race for the Democratic nominee.
“Some things you learn as you go…I’ve never been faced with this situation before. It was certainly a learning experience,” she said.
The Butler County Bureau of Elections will now concentrate on getting the county’s new voting system implemented and ready for this fall’s general election. Brewer was not in her current position back in 2006 when the current voting system was put in place.