All 188 write-in votes found Wednesday in the race for the Pike County R-III Board of Education were cast for Greg Talbert, widening his lead in the race.
On election night, the unofficial tally produced by the County Clerk’s office suggested that Talbert earned only 13 votes in the Prarieville precinct, which includes Eolia. This threatened to hand the election to Kimberly Hunter, an incumbent running to return to the board.
Employees of the County Clerk discovered Wednesday morning that 188 write-in votes had not been accounted for on election night, apparently because they had not been removed from section of the voting machine that contains write-in ballots.
The report that 90 write-in votes were cast for Talbert in the portion of the school district in Lincoln County Thursday afternoon apparently put him over the top, regardless of how the newly-discovered write-in votes broke. The 188 new votes in his favor means he received 424 votes.
Results in Pike County will be certified Friday afternoon. The results in Lincoln County will be certified Monday. All results are unofficial until they are certified.
The top two vote-getters earn a spot on the board. With all votes counted, unofficial totals in the race are as follows:
Christie Kuntz: 453 votes
Greg Talbert: 424 votes
Kimberly Hunter: 201 votes
Michele Henderson: 184 votes
Linda Perrone: 35 votes