Election Office Waiting to Hear on Write-ins

Sheridan County Election Clerk Brenda Kekich is waiting to hear from the five county residents who have been offered ballot spots in November's General Election.

Certified letters were sent last week to three Sheridan and two Ranchester residents who received three or more write-in votes in the Primary Election.

The election clerk said letters were sent Friday afternoon, following the election canvass. The recipients have five days from receipt of the letters to notify her office, so she doesn't expect to hear from them until next week at the earliest.

Darryl Szymansky, Chuck Wells and Thayer Shafer were successful write-ins for three four-year positions up for election on Sheridan's city council. Shafer was an announced candidate for a two-year seat on the council and is now asked to decide whether to seek the two-year term against Robert Webster or run for one of the four-year council seats.

Ranchester residents Gayle Ogle and Jesse Hinkhouse also won the right to be on the ballot for seats on the Ranchester town council. Hinkhouse was a write-in for a two-year seat, and Ogle received enough votes to qualify for either the two-year seat or for the four-year term.

More than 5,900 county residents voted in the primaries on Aug. 19. Election office personnel are still collecting information and will probably not know until next week what percentage of voters turned out for last week's primaries.


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