Allen County election officials continued counting ballots through the day following the Nov. 3 General Election.
On Nov. 4, Beth Dlug, director of elections, said they were still processing around 30,000 mail-in absentee ballots. They also needed to process military ballots from servicemen and servicewomen deployed overseas.
That afternoon, other than dispersing with a few provisional ballots, Dlug and her employees were starting to tear down the area in the basement of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne that they have called home since August. With COVID-19 restrictions, the department didn’t have enough room in its Rousseau Centre offices to handle all the activity and keep people at a safe distance.
Marcia Sommers said she started back in August her temporary job of processing absentee ballots. She and Sharmella Morgan have worked together processing ballots for the past several months.
“It’s a great learning experience,” Morgan said.
By the evening of Nov. 4, Allen County Election Board reported that 63.59% of registered county voters had voted. Here’s how it broke down:
• Election Day votes: 64,541 (38% of total votes)
• Paper absentee 33,011 (19% of total votes)
• Early walk-in: 72,925 (43% of total votes)
• Public count: 170,477
• Voter turnout: 63.59%
• Registered voters: 268,069
The number of votes was not reported by precinct.
Straight party votes
• Libertarian Party: 91
• Republican Party: 46,440
• Democratic Party: 24,412
Allen County voters, like the state at large, chose to give Donald Trump a second term with former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice president with 54.38% of the votes compared with 43.10% for Democratic challenger former Vice President Joseph Biden.
Nationwide, counting continued through Sunday, Nov. 8, with most news outlets calling the election in favor of Biden after an apparent victory in Pennsylvania gave him more than the 270 electoral votes needed. The president had not conceded.
Allen County voters also chose to stay the course with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, Republican, who had to make tough decisions on closing some businesses during the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. He took 58.48% of the county’s votes, more than both his challengers combined: 32.01% for Democrat Woodrow “Woody” Myers and 9.51% for Libertarian Donald Rainwater II.
With Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill having his bar license temporarily suspended earlier this year in connection with 2018 sexual misconduct accusations, and out of the picture at the state’s delayed primary in June, 57.87% of Allen County voters chose his fellow Republican Todd Rokita. Democratic challenger Jonathan Weinzapfel received 42.13% of the votes. Rokita previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives and as Indiana’s Secretary of State. Weinzapfel is a former mayor of Evansville on the far south end of the state.
U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, celebrated his third-term victory long before Allen County’s traditional Republican base’s votes were announced. Less than an hour after polls closed Nov. 3, Banks celebrated his win, which ended up with 59.11% of Allen County’s votes compared with 40.84% for Democrat Chip Coldiron, a public school teacher, Army veteran, and former health care worker born in Allen County and raised in Wells County.
Other contested state races:
* denotes winner(s)
State Senator — District 16
*57.41% (R) Justin Busch
42.59% (D) Juli Dominguez
State Representative — District 52
*67.98% (R) Ben Smaltz
28.79% (D) Martha (Marty) Lemert
3.23% (L) Morgan Rigg
State Representative — District 81
*52.03% (R) Martin Carbaugh
47.97% (D) Kyle R Miller
State Representative — District 83
*59.40% (R) Christopher N. Judy
37.07% (D) Michael Bienz
3.53% (L) Jason Eicholtz
State Representative — District 84
*61.11% (R) Bob Morris
38.89% (D) Emma Steele
State Representative — District 85
*71.88% (R) Dave Heine
28.12% (D) Pablo Hurtado III
Allen County races:
Allen County Surveyor
60.04% (R) Jeff Sorg
39.96% (D) Nicholas Nelson
Allen County Council At Large
*19.88% (RP) Robert A. Armstrong
*20.48% (RP) Kenneth C. (Ken) Fries
*17.49% (RP) Kyle Kerley
15.55% (DP) Melissa Fisher
11.81% (DP) Erin Fogg
14.70% (DP) Stephanie Henry
Contested school boards:
EACS Board — District 4E
44.79% (NP) Scott Garner
*55.21% (NP) Steven M. Screeton
EACS Board — District 5R
*54.70% (NP) Jennifer Blackburn
36.98% (NP) Robert Nelson Jr.
8.33% (NP) Lee James Wilson Jr.
FWCS Board — District 2
33.01% (NP) Glenna L. Jehl
26.60% (NP) Regenia Jones
*40.38% (NP) Jennifer L. Matthias
FWCS Board — District 3
49.13% (NP) William D. Critell
*50.87% (NP) Thomas E. Smith
FWCS Board — District 5
*64.41% (NP) Steve Corona
35.59% (NP) Jose Dominguez
NACS Board — District 2
*50.11% (NP) Steve Bartkus
49.89% (NP) Zachary R. Felger
SACS Board — District 1
*69.94% (NP) Bradley M. Mills
30.06% (NP) Paul G. Moss
SACS Board — District 3
*42.08% (NP) Jennifer Bennett
29.25% (NP) Tracy Bilodeau
28.66% (NP) Scott Myers
For full results, uncontested elections, visit allencounty.us.