‘Rhetoric’ questioning board’s authority delays election results certification.

May 5, 2021

‘Rhetoric’ questioning board’s authority delays election results certification.

‘The disruption resulted in all of the attendees leaving the meeting room.’

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — The Oceana County Board of Canvassers did not certify the results of Tuesday’s special election due to a “disruption” prior to the board’s scheduled meeting Wednesday, May 5, according to Oceana County Clerk Amy Anderson.

“The board of canvassers was not able to call its meeting to order today for the purpose of certifying yesterday’s election results, because some pre-meeting rhetoric by a member of the public regarding the authority of the board to call the meeting to order was continually questioned,” said Anderson. “The disruption resulted in all of the attendees leaving the meeting room.”

Ballot casters voted favorably for three proposals in Tuesday’s election — the Shelby Public Schools bond proposal with a vote total of 899-642; the West Shore Educational Service District special education millage renewal, 270-151; and the Hart Township millage renewal, 166-99.

Election results are “unofficial” until they have been reviewed and certified by the board of canvassers.

The board plans to meet again Thursday, May 6, at 9 a.m. to certify the results.

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