Absentee Ballots Could Change Game in Council Races
By Brandi Makuski
The Stevens Point Canvassing Committee will meet next week to determine official results of Tuesday’s primary in three aldermanic races.
The primary race brought just under 2,500 voters to the polls, leaving the results of races in districts 5, 9 and 11 too close to call.
Voters came out in small numbers- 234 in District 5, 279 in District 9 and only 101 in District 11- but City Clerk John Moe said 60 absentee ballots, which need to be received by Friday, have not yet been counted.
Al Rasmussen, Jr., leads the District 5 race with 83 votes, closely followed by Bryan Van Stippen with 72 votes. Despite having withdrawn from the race, Meleesa Johnson garnered 67 votes.
Incumbent Randy Stroik earned 109 votes in the District 9 race, followed by challenger Mary McComb who had 103 votes. Challenger Barb Jacob received 63 votes. Jacob also ran simultaneously in the mayoral primary and earned 187 votes there.
District 11 had the closest race of the night, with newcomer Shaun Morrow earning 38 votes followed by a tie vote of 30 for contestants Jeff Presley and Lloyd Graff.
The committee meets at 9 AM Monday in the courthouse.