Hats off to our staff and Election Workers for successfully conducting Indian River County's first election using our new voting equipment. Eighty-three Election Workers staffed nine polling places and assisted 3,516 Election Day voters with ease and confidence. Results were broadcast in record time thanks to the modeming capability of our new DS200 voting machines. Vote-by-mail results went live at 7:01 p.m. All precincts had electronically transmitted results by 7:20 p.m.
Leading up to the November election, staff spent months practicing election programming and tabulation, writing manuals, preparing step-by-step guides, and rehearsing for election worker training. In addition to traditional classes, the Elections staff offered our first HIT (High Intensity Training) Lab for Election Workers interested in additional hands-on time with the new equipment. Those who attended practiced setting up and breaking down the voting equipment, as well as marking and processing mock ballots. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and we are looking forward to hosting HIT Labs prior to all future elections.
Turnout for the 2017 Municipal Elections was, not surprisingly, low. Combined, just over 18 percent of eligible voters in the Cities of Sebastian and Vero Beach cast a ballot. Sebastian experienced an all-time low turnout of 11.4 percent and Vero Beach experienced a turnout slightly higher than 2015 at 24.8 percent. Vote-by-mail ballots made up half of the ballots cast in Sebastian; whereas, Election Day voting was the preferred voting method in Vero Beach.
Looking ahead, Indian River County voters have two elections scheduled in 2018. The Primary Election will take place on August 28, and the General Election will be held on November 6. If you are interested in serving as an Election Worker, you are invited to attend one of our scheduled Orientations: January 17 or April 18. For more information or to reserve a seat for an orientation class, email Shane Bias.
THE ARTIST BEHIND INDIAN RIVER COUNTY'S I VOTED STICKER Congratulations to Will Johnson of Saint Edward's School, whose I Voted Sticker Contest entry will serve as Indian River County's official I Voted sticker during the 2017-2018 election cycle. Johnson's winning work of art was selected by a panel of judges for its message, unique design and eye-catching ability.
This was the first I Voted Sticker Contest offered by the Elections Office. The contest objective was to engage young adults in the elections process. In total thirty-seven designs were submitted by high school and college students from six different Indian River County schools, despite the disruption from Hurricane Irma.
If you did not vote in the Municipal Elections or were not eligible, do not worry. These nautical I Voted stickers will be distributed during the 2018 Primary and General Elections too!
OUR ELECTION FAMILY KEEPS GROWING & GROWING
Accounting Coordinator Tricia Boyle and husband Stephen welcomed their second daughter, Molly Elle, to the world on July 14.
Election Specialist, Suzanne McAuliffe and husband Tim welcomed their first grandchild, Robert James, on October 10.
THE NEW MR. & MRS.
Election Worker Coordinator Shane Bias married his beautiful bride Autumn Frazee. Autumn is a fifth grade teacher at Liberty Magnet. The couple wed on October 7, at First Baptist Church in Vero Beach, followed by a reception with family and friends at the Heritage Center. Congratulations to Shane and Autumn on their new adventure as husband and wife!
AMENITIES FOR THE HOMELESS
For the third consecutive year, the Elections Office is collecting hotel amenities to be donated to a local homeless shelter. We invite you to bring your surplus amenities to the Elections Office so that we can prepare them for delivery to the shelter, prior to the holidays. Shampoo, conditioner, soap, mouthwash, deodorant, toothpaste, lotion, razors and other such items are greatly appreciated!
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