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Brandi Carder stands with Bill Novotny to announce the results

Assistant deputy clerk Brandi Carder, right, stands with County Commissioner Bill Novotny to deliver the results of the special election on Tuesday evening in the Commissioner’s chambers at the Courthouse. The election recorded a total voter turnout of 56.9% and the bond failed.

The special election held to vote on a single bond issue was held Tuesday, August 17, in Johnson County. With roughly 56% voter turnout, just over half the county turned up to vote, resulting in the bond failing. For information about the election, read our front page article on the election in this week's print edition. 

Polling places are marked with an American flag

Polling places are marked with an American flag and a polling place reminder for election day on Tuesday.

Election judge Carleen Cosner finishes checking in a voter

Election judge Carleen Cosner finishes checking in a voter before handing them their ballot with instructions on where to sit to vote on Tuesday around the county. Cosner has been an election judge for the past three or four elections.

Michelle and Ken Burton lean down to vote on the one-issue ballot

Michelle and Ken Burton lean down to vote on the one-issue ballot in the special election held Tuesday afternoon at their polling place in Bomber Mountain Civic Center. Voters arrived slowly but steadily throughout the day to vote.

Social distancing stickers are spread out on the floor

Social distancing stickers are spread out on the floor leading up to the voting machines despite a lack of masks in both polling locations by judges and participants.

Brandi Carder and Bill Novotny walk upstairs

Assistant deputy clerk Brandi Carder walks up the stairs with County Commissioner Bill Novotny to deliver the special election results on Tuesday evening. Normally election results are presented downstairs in the Clerk’s office but because of recent COVID-19 cases in the office, the results announcement was moved upstairs to the Commissioner’s Chambers. The county commissioners were pulled in to help with the election since a number of members of the clerks office are in COVID-19 quarantine.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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