Rantoul races see biggest impact in vote canvass
By BOBBY BURCH, Herald Staff Writer | 4/9/2013
Monday’s official canvassing of Franklin County’s election results yielded no surprises, Franklin County’s top election official said Tuesday.
Aside from adding 26 ballots to the county’s total vote tally, Janet Paddock, who also is Franklin County clerk, said there were no significant changes to the county’s April 2 election outcomes.
“[The canvass] went well,” Paddock said. “We just finalized the write-ins [ballots].”
Two of Rantoul’s city races proved to garner the most write-in ballots, according to the county’s canvassing document. Sean Lickteig earned 18 write-in votes to topple Rantoul Mayor Wanda Martin, who snagged 6 votes. In Rantoul’s race for its fifth city council member, voters cast 41 write-in ballots, though no candidate raised enough votes to defeat Mark Johnson, who earned 24 votes.
With the addition of a few provisional votes each, successful Ottawa City commission candidates Mike Skidmore, Jeff Richards and Linda Reed each widened their already-substantial victories in their respective elections.
A little more than 15 percent — 2,634 — of the county’s 17,206 registered voters cast ballots in the April 2 election.