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.