VANDERBURGH CO., Ind. (WFIE) - 25 bipartisan teams were able to get through 40,000 ballots on Wednesday, checking them to make sure each one had everything it needed before being counted.
All of the remaining ballots were electronically tabulated in the election office at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Workers eventually finished counting by 3:15 p.m.
“I was really excited to see the last of those ballots go through that tabulator," Vanderburgh County Clerk Carla Hayden said. “It’s been a long three days here, and I know everybody, including myself, has been anxious to see what the final results are."
On Thursday evening, County Council Candidate Jill Anne Hahn discovered she had been elected, which was a huge weight off her shoulders.
“I am just over the moon," Hahn said. “I am just super excited that I am going to be on the County Council. It’s a dream come true."
“I have been on pins and needles all day, the past three days, I haven’t slept," Hahn continued. “I have just been a nervous wreck, so it’s been hard.”
Hayden is pleased with how the process unfolded, despite the delay in receiving final results.
“I think it went very well," Hayden said. “Of course, you learn something from every election that you might want to do differently. I’m hoping that the legislature will maybe get us some help next session with either being able to process these ahead of time, or being able to scan them ahead of time, rather than having to wait until Election Day to even start."
By Indiana law, the official results for the county cannot be determined until Friday, November 13. This gives the election board time to resolve any ballot issues.