by Steve Peterson
Plymouth County supervisors held the final step, or canvassing of the votes from the General Election after receiving a report from County Deputy Auditor for Elections Cheri Nitzchke at their Nov. 13 meeting.
A total of 7,422 voters cast ballots Nov. 6, according to the canvass report. There were 5,577 using absentee voting for a total of 12,999 of the 17,197 registered voters in the county. Absentee voting accounted for 43 percent of ballots cast.
“That was a pretty good turnout,” said Supervisor Jim Henrich.
The cost was $35,641.45, compared to $32,421.92 in 2008.
“The increase is due to the cost of the ballot printing, postage, satellite voting and the precinct election workers got a raise from $8 an hour to $8.50 an hour,” said Auditor and election coordinator Stacey Feldman.
There were more people voting in person at the auditor’s office during early voting.
The Special Precinct Board met to consider late received ballots past the deadline. Two were rejected and one was approved.
Feldman said the County Courthouse Annex building in Le Mars worked well as the precinct site.
All told there were 99 people employed at the 16 county precincts.
“Many have done it for several years and they enjoy being part of the process,” said Feldman. “I thought Cheri and her staff did an amazing job.”
In other county business:
• Supervisors appointed Kenneth Maass as Henry Township clerk to replace Roger Irwin.
• A public hearing was held for vacation of Quarry Road in Section 26 of Elkhorn Township. This road had been designated for a covered bridge project but collapsed last Summer.
The section of road to be vacated is one-quarter mile. Three properties can access Quarry Road off County Road C-70 near Kingsley.
While there were no members of the public at the hearing, three representatives of utility companies did attend.
“The property owners are in agreement for it. We have to work with the utilities’ schedule,” said Engineer Tom Rohe.
The road vacation was approved by a 4-0 supervisors’ vote pending utilities’ easements.
Plymouth County supervisors’ meetings take place at 9:30 a.m. each Tuesday at the Plymouth County Courthouse, 215 4th Ave. SE, Le Mars and are open to the public.