SHERIDAN — The canvassing board for the special election the city of Sheridan held this week convened Wednesday to recount the election ballots and finalize election results. The final count did not differ significantly from the preliminary results election judges tallied Tuesday night.
The final tally — which counters finished at 3:28 p.m. Wednesday — showed 1,371 Sheridan residents voted in support of Charter Ordinance 2202 remaining in effect and 1,292 votes opposing the ordinance. Those numbers dropped slightly compared to the totals released Tuesday night, as the canvassing board had to disqualify several ballots that did not meet the standards laid out in Wyoming’s state statutes.
The inclusion of those ballots would not have changed the end result of the special election.
Tuesday night’s count had 1,386 votes in favor of Charter Ordinance 2202 and 1,298 votes against it.
In addition to the 30 ballots the canvassing board rejected, City Clerk Cecilia Good said the board counted 42 blank ballots and none of the ballots the board counted were unreadable.
The election also produced 3,402 unused ballots, Good said.
The canvassing board — which consisted of Good, Sheridan County Election Supervisor Brenda Kekich and Kim Hein, chief deputy in the Sheridan County Clerk and Recorder’s office — performed an extensive recount of the election ballots Wednesday afternoon to verify the official results.
City council members, supporters of both ballot propositions and local media were invited to witness the recount.
Sheridan City Council is scheduled to hold a special election 5:30 p.m. Thursday to certify election results.
The finalized results will mean Charter Ordinance 2202 will remain in effect in the city of Sheridan.
The vote itself had no bearings on retaining or eliminating the city administrator position. The law will have virtually no impact on how the city functions on a day-to-day basis, as the ordinance’s primary purpose was to update the administrator’s job description and clarify the duties assigned to the position.
That revised job description could help city staff members in its search to fill the city administrator role, however.
Current City Administrator Mark Collins announced that he would not renew his contract with the city of Sheridan earlier this year. His present contract will end Nov. 30.
City staff has already begun the search for Collins’ replacement by advertising the opening and appointing a board to evaluate candidates once the hiring process progresses.