An Increase in Provisional Ballots

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The Midterm Election is over, but there was still work to be done in Vigo County.

With a record voter turn out during this election, Vigo County Clerks Office officials had their hands full Friday morning certifying ballots.

Over 180 provisional ballots were brought to the table for certification.

A true abnormality considering the usual amount of provisional ballots ranges from 20-25 per election.

In order to certify those ballots certain criteria had to be met.

Criteria such as signatures, addresses and names had to match each voter.

County Clerk Brad Newman says this increase correlates to the opening of the ISU voting center.

“Approximately 120 of them came from the ISU area and the library that’s right here in downtown. And we had some that came through early voting. And some of these that we’ve looked at and that we’ve tried to investigate to the best we can, some of them are going to count,” said Newman.

Over 180 ballots is out of the ordinary, however Newman assured us that it’s not enough to swing or change election results.

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