Luverne local election totals finalized
Published 11:28 am Thursday, September 1, 2016
Tuesday at noon, the Luverne City Council met to tally the remaining provisional votes from last week’s local election.
A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions about a voter’s eligibility.
A provisional ballot can be cast in cases where the voter refuses to show a photo ID in regions that require one or if the voter’s name does not appear on the electoral roll for the given precinct.
“This happens when a voter comes in and are either not on the correct district list or they’re not on any list, but they actually have proof of where they live in the City of Luverne,” said Anita West, custodian of elections.
“They can vote on provisional ballot, and that way the paperwork goes to the Board of Registers after the election’s over. Then they verify that we voted them in the right district. When that happens, their votes are counted a week later.”
The names of the provisional voters on these ballots were not made public in the meeting to ensure the privacy of those involved.
For the office of Mayor of Luverne and City Councilmember District Four, a runoff election will be held on Oct. 4.
For the office of mayor, a runoff election will occur between Ed Beasley, who received 372 total votes at 39 percent, and Alan Carpenter, who received 380 total votes at 40 percent.
Charlie ‘Cuz’ Johnson was elected for the office of City Council District One; Kip Smith was elected for the office of City Council District Two; Kathy Smyth was elected for the office of City Council District Three; and Edward (Eddie) Billings, Jr. was elected for the office of City Council District Five.
A runoff election will be held for the office of City Council District Four between Elliott Jones, who received 109 votes, and Robyn Snellgrove, who received 94 votes.
The complete list of official results for each Luverne mayoral and city council candidate are as follows, according to Luverne City Hall:
Office of mayor: Alan Carpenter: 380; 40 percent
Ed Beasley: 372; 39 percent
Pat Floyd: 131; 14 percent
Wayne Carter: 56; 6 percent
Ulysse Babin: 9; 1 percent
City Council District One: Charlie ‘Cuz’ Johnson: 116
Dianne Richardson: 52
City Council District Two: Kip Smith: 140
Annette Stephenson: 59
Brian Richardson: 39
City Council District Three: Kathy Plowden Smyth: 112
Mickey Worthington: 26
City Council District Four: Elliott Jones: 109
Jerry Sipper: 62
Robyn Snellgrove: 94
City Council District Five: Edward Billings, Jr.: 95
Samuel Patrick Walker: 53
The newly elected city council and mayor will take office the first Monday in November, and they will all serve four-year terms.