2007 & 2011 Mayoral Elections – what’s the big deal?

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Elections are funny little creatures.  You never can be certain how the results will go.   One election which has always puzzled me happens to be the 2011 Muncie General Election. So many inconsistencies can be found – decided to pull the information together.

Let’s begin with the number of registered voters according to Delaware County Clerk’s Office.  Election results for the 2011 election are showing 60,811 registered voters.  However, the population of Muncie in 2010 was 70,085. U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts selected- Muncie city, Indiana

The Census Bureau includes Ball State Students living in the City of Muncie both on-campus and off-campus.  Roughly this would be approximately 15,000 students.

Persons under the age of 18 accounts for 17.8% of the population.  If the calculations are correct this would mean 12,475.13 were ineligible to register to vote in 2010.  Granted, some may have turned 18 in 2011 and registered and indeed did vote.  (I did, my father forced it upon me.)

Let’s err on the side of caution here.

70,085 residents  –5,000 BSU students not registered in Delaware County (assuming 10,000 is registered in Delaware County )-10,475 under the age of 18 (assuming 2,000 reached 18 making them eligible for ’11 elections) 54,610 estimated alive and residing in Muncie.

Although, we can’t have an accurate count of registered voters because the rolls are never cleaned up.  People die, people move away and their registration stays active.  Like the man who moved back to Indiana after living in Illinois for decades.  He was still registered to vote in Muncie.

Let’s go on to 2011 election results.  The ’08 Presidential election muddies the waters a little because we don’t have a break-down for city and county voters.  However, from 2007 – 2011 there was an increase of 6,137 new registrations of which 2,029 came in after the 2011 primary.

In 2007 both McShurley and Mansfield were in a dead heat.  After the recount, McShurley won by a handful of votes.  And this is where it gets interesting.  In 2011 Dennis Tyler received 1,789 more votes, in fact, more than either candidate received in ’07.   Probably due to their registration drives of which 240 didn’t bother to vote.  Good odds, huh?

Still, even with the additional voters, 2011 saw less than a 1% increase in voter turn-out from 2007.

2007 had 3992 Democrat straight tickets and 1,366 absentee ballots.

2011 had 4000 Democrat straight tickets and 1,722 absentee ballots, just 67 votes shy of Dennis Tyler’s total vote of 1,789 over McShurley.

Interesting, no?

2007-2015 election 1  (PDF)

2007 primary election results (PDF)

Delaware County Election Results 2007

2011 General Election results

Elections & Paving…this is a quickie

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As some of you know, we just finished our 2015 Municipal primary.  I know, I know, there was an election and no one came.  We saw a turnout of 8%.   It’s no surprise to any of us.  The ballot filled with Democrats and no contenders.  Except for the At-Large seats.

Speaking of the At-Large seat, six contenders for the three available seats.  Nora Powell drug out her maiden name again for this election.  She hasn’t used the Evans name since she got married.  As soon as she ran for office, pulled it out and presto! She’s first on the ballot as Nora Evans Powell.

Another candidate named Philip Gonzales showed up as #2.  He didn’t campaign, avoided the press and not even a free Facebook presence.  He’s what can commonly be called a ringer or a ghost candidate.  It’s very simple, really.  Placed on the ballot with the intent to steal votes..  A party that was filled to the brim with their best of their best.  They just can’t keep their paws out of manipulating the elections.

Phil received 439 votes or slightly less that 5%.  Next in line on the ballot was Linda Gregory coming in third place.  The hopes of Democrat Headquarters to unseat Linda by placing Phillip as #2 didn’t pan out.  Still, it’s a little unnerving to think over four hundred voters gave the false candidate a vote.  This has been going on since the beginning of time.  You would think it would sink in.

The paper reported Todd Donati is bonding out another $1 million.  As soon as the information is updated, will post the amortization schedule.

The local newspaper is full of good news.  $600,000 will be used to pave a busy street.  No one should be in disagreement on paving roads.  The street was in the works for a complete makeover to include sidewalks, a bike and walking path, street lights.  A few years ago the City of Muncie painted the decorative globes making evening lighting impossible.  So they tried again and now we have different colored streetlight globes with a hint of the Christmas colors all year long.

I doubt the City has the money for the makeover considering it is borrowing from the Muncie Redevelopment Commission.  In effect, we are borrowing from ourselves and paying interest for the privilege of borrowing from ourselves.

Will leave you with this excerpt from the Muncie Star newspaper:

The MRC’s approval of $600,000 to fund the contract meant that wheel tax proceeds and other funds usually spent on street paving could be used elsewhere.

Let’s hope the “using elsewhere” means using Wheel Tax, Street & Road taxes for their intended use.  Paving.

Carol Bouslog’s Letter to the Delaware County Election Board

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March 3, 2010
Delaware County Election Board
Clerk’s Office

Muncie, Indiana

Election Board Members:

On Monday, March 1, 2010, I was contacted by phone by Steve Craycraft, Delaware County Clerk, and informed that Will Statom of Voter’s Registration filed a challenge (based on an address discrepancy) against my application for candidacy (District 3, County Council). A meeting was scheduled by the Election Board to address this issue for 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, in the Clerk’s Office. The following information is presented, and I ask that it be read and/or included into the record of today’s proceedings.

The previous week, on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, I was contacted by Shareen Wagley, Republican Vice-Chairman, to advise me that my candidacy for a seat on the County Council, District 3, was withdrawn due to an address mismatch, a discrepancy discovered by Voter’s Registration. At that time, it was already too late for me to “formally” withdraw from the campaign (deadline of 12 noon on February 22), but I understood that I was no longer a candidate. In other words, to my knowledge there was no issue and nothing else needed be done by me, and as I am given to understand by Mr. Craycraft, this Election Board meeting is merely a formality.

In 2008 I moved to my now current address in the south end of Muncie, a move which allowed me to remain in the Precinct 22 area. In the fall of that same year, my Mother (who lived on the north edge of Muncie) was deemed terminally ill and required my presence as a full-time caregiver. Even though I was with her constantly at her home, I continued to maintain (including payment of utilities) the south side residence where all my belongings remained with the exception of a few items of clothing. From time to time, when my own “free” time and health situation would allow, I would spend the night at my south side residence. In fact, I rested there for several days following surgery in mid-December 2009. Until this very day, I have remained a resident of that south side property.

However, because it was becoming more difficult to leave my Mother for a length of time (to travel across town to retrieve my mail), sometime late last summer I placed a temporary change of address with the U.S. Post Office, asking that my mail be delivered to my Mother’s residence. Again, the request for change was marked “temporary.”

Then in November 2009 I renewed my driver’s license. I was told by the BMV clerk that I needed to reflect the address where I was living and receiving mail currently (temporary or not), so I changed my license address to reflect that of my Mother’s residence, and I agreed to an update of my Voter’s Registration.

I thought no more about it in the period that followed—Thanksgiving, Christmas—culminating with the death of my Mother at the very end of December. After boxing up and moving her belongings, I returned full-time to my south side residence, and around mid-January placed a change of address with the Post Office to receive mail here once again. In the mental fuzziness that surrounds one after the loss of a loved one, I never once thought about changing my driver’s license to again reflect my south side address—an action which evidently would have carried the key to ‘unlock’ the door to District 3 candidacy.

And then I filed as a candidate for District 3, County Council on February 19.

Understanding the nature of politics, and as a student of politics in this town, it’s possible that some will try to make much more of this than is true or even necessary. But, the bottom line is this…my Precinct 22 residence did not change, in spite of temporary mailing and driver’s license addresses. However, I do not believe there needs to be any question in potential voters’ minds of anything untoward in the campaign of a Republican candidate in a heavily Democrat district. Therefore, I will not challenge this issue.

While I believe my personal situation was unique, I do caution citizens and hopeful candidates alike to remain ever mindful of keeping up to date all address/voter registration information.


Carol A. Bouslog

Samuel Adams

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I found these quotes posted on an on-line forum.  It is never to early to prepare for the next election.  Let’s ponder the words of a great patriot for just a moment.

Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.

[Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1907), Vol. IV, p. 256, in the Boston Gazette on April 16, 1781.]

Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust be men of unexceptionable characters. The public cannot be too curious concerning the character of public men.

[Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1907), Vol. III, p. 236-237, to James Warren on November 4, 1775.]