05/14/14 — No changes in final results from primary

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No changes in final results from primary

By Steve Herring
Published in News on May 14, 2014 1:46 PM

No surprises or changes turned up during Tuesday morning's canvass of the May 6 primary.

"It went fine," Wayne County Elections Director Rosemary Blizzard said. "Everybody balanced out. Nobody showed up. It was just us, and we were done in 20 minutes."

One thing that speeded up the process, she said, was the fact that provisional and supplemental absentee ballots were counted on Monday.

State law allows the Board of Elections to accept absentee ballots up to 5 p.m. on Election Day. Also, ballots mailed by 5 p.m. on Election Day can arrive as late as the Friday after and still be counted. There were nine such supplemental absentee ballots.

There were 12 provisional votes, all but three of which were allowed. Provisional votes are ballots cast where some question arises -- such as whether or not the person is voting in the correct precinct.

There were not enough of either to affect the outcome of any of the elections, Mrs. Blizzard said.

Today is the deadline to ask for a recount, but only one contest on the local ballot could be close enough for a recount, she said.

That is the U.S. House District 1 Republican primary between Brent Shypulefski and Arthur Rich. Districtwide, Rich had 5,516 votes (51.33 percent) to 5,230 (48.67 percent) for Shypulefski. In Wayne County, Shypulefski had 551 votes (55.16 percent) to 448 (44.84 percent) for Rich.

Thursday at 5 p.m. is the deadline for filing a protest.

Friday is the deadline to request a second primary.

None of the local races were close enough to warrant a second primary, Mrs. Blizzard said.