Lake officials will tally final ballots

2012-11-16T00:00:00Z Lake officials will tally final ballotsBy Bill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com
November 16, 2012 12:00 am  • 

CROWN POINT | The Lake County elections board will meet this morning to decide whether to count more than 260 paper ballots cast during the Nov. 6 general election.

Sally LaSota, director of the county elections and voter registration department, said the provisional and emergency ballots were cast by voters whose eligibility was challenged at the polls last week. Her staff is investigating each case and will report its findings at today's meeting.

There was no indication where the ballots were cast, so it is unclear whether they could change any results. Two East Chicago school board candidates are leading their opponents by fewer than 100 votes.

Provisional challenges typically involve voters who have no government-issued photo identification card or weren't registered to vote in the precinct polling place they visited.

Persons lacking identification can have their provisional ballot counted if they obtain and present a valid ID card to election officials by today.

The results of the Nov. 6 election will be declared official once these ballots are resolved.

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