Board of Supervisors

Posted November 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

Record set on absentee ballots

By Kim Brooks, Express Editor

During the Jones County Board of Supervisors meeting on Nov. 7, County Auditor Janine Sulzner commented on the 75 percent voter turnout from the election the day before.

“It’s a good turnout,” said Sulzner. “”Not what we expected though.”

However, there was a 38.8 percent turnout for absentee ballots, the highest Jones County has ever seen.

Sulzner reported no major incidents throughout Election Day on Nov. 6. She said one voting machine broke down, but it was quickly replaced, causing no glitches in the system. One thing poll workers were doing this year was scanning ID cards. Sulzner said this option allowed people to move faster through the lines.

“There were some objections from people,” commented Sulzner on the ID scanning.

Supervisor Keith Dirks said he heard some people were confused not knowing where to go to vote.

With polls closing at 9 p.m., Sulzner said all of the county results were posted on the county’s website ( by 10 p.m.

In other county news:

• The Board approved a ROW agreement with a landowner along County Road D-65. County Engineer Derek Snead said they are getting close to having all of the landowners associated with that project signed into ROW agreements.

• Gary Stephen, Ft. Dodge, met with the Board to discuss fundraising efforts he’s involved with to bring a lithograph of the U.S. Constitution to the courthouse.

Stephen has been visiting numerous courthouses throughout Iowa to inform them of his project and endeavors. The print is from 1934. Stephen was seeking approval by the Board to visit businesses and organizations in Jones County for sponsorships towards this project. He sells these lithographs for $850, including the framing.