(Audubon) The Audubon County Absentee Board went to work this morning and began counting 21-ballots that had arrived after election day. The board is trying to determine who earned the second seat on the Audubon County Board of Supervisor's.
The race was still undecided one day after the election. Four candidates were running for two seats, and incumbent Republican Supervisor Todd Nelsen was the unofficial winner leaving the second seat is still up for grabs.
Nelsen received 1,817 votes but 8 votes separated the other two candidates Republican Duane Deist, (1550), and Democrat Kent Grabill, (1542).
According to Audubon County Auditor Lisa Fredericksen after today's count,
Republican Duane Deist is the unofficial winner of the second seat with 1,555-votes and Democrat Kent Grabill is still third with (1545) votes. A fourth candidate Jerry R. Carter, received one more vote to take his total to1,083-votes, but out of the running.
The board was able to accept 6-more votes out of a possible 20-ballots counted today. Fredericksen says the board had to throw out several ballots that didn't have the correct post mark, or weren't signed properly.
Fredericksen says the final canvass will be held Wednesday, November 14, and there is a potential for approximately 20 ballots that could still be counted as long as they are post marked by November 5. So there is still a possiblity, that Grabill could still win the seat. However, the Auditor's Office didn't receive any new ballots today.
November 7, 2012
9:00 a.m. newscast