Meyer wins decisive primary by two votes

Jeremy Gaston
| Reporter

With the canvassing of votes Friday, the Aug. 3 primary election results became official. The results remained the same as the unofficial tally recorded earlier last week, and despite one close race, there were no filings for a recount by the Monday noon deadline.

“The county commission race came out separated by two,” said Rhonda Beets, Osage County clerk. “Other than that, there were no surprises.”

The big pull in last week’s election was the road unit question, which asked if the county should convert from the current township to county maintenance of rural gravel roads. Voters responded with 2,771 “no” to 1,613 “yes” votes.

The road vote was credited with drawing 4,453 to the polls, around 42 percent of Osage County’s 10,228 registered voters. The turnout nearly doubled the state average of 24.4 percent.

The closest race remained the race between three Republican candidates for the first district county commission seat. Carl Meyer, Osage City, who led by just a vote after the initial count, remains the Republican nominee with 363 votes. His closest opponent, Fred Diver, Burlingame, had 361 votes; Sharon Larson, Osage City, had 146.

The counting and canvassing of the election went as smoothly as the election itself. According to Beets, a single voting machine had to be restarted several times before it worked, but worked fine afterwards. The unofficial tally was completed around 9:30 p.m. the night of the election.

“The election went really good, and the new system ran really well,” she said.

Scranton also had a special question on the ballot, to decide if the city should add a one-percent sales tax for infrastructure improvements. Voters in the city approved the question by a 104 to 69 vote.