EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Less than two weeks before the deadline to get the 2nd Ward City Council recount complete, the request to do so has been dropped.
Republican challenger Natalie Rascher released a statement Monday night saying, "After meeting with legal counsel both Mr. [Wayne] Parke and I agreed that while there were more than 40+ issues found in absentee ballot validity, a recount would not allow for those ballots to be properly challenged under the current Indiana State election law. Therefore, I asked him to withdraw from this process. I plan on continuing to serve my community as a private citizen and look forward to my next endeavor, whatever it may be.”
Vanderburgh County Republican Party Chairman Wayne Parke filed the request November 22, the day of the deadline to do so.
The recount would have been for the Evansville City Council seat held by Missy Mosby. She won against Natalie Rascher by 19 votes.
Mosby responded to Monday’s news on Facebook saying, “I am pleased to hear that an expensive and wasteful recount is over. I look forward to representing the 2nd ward for the next four years.”
A hearing to discuss the petition had been set for Tuesday at the election office.