Published On: Thu, Dec 20th, 2007

County's first all-mail election goes well

HARTINGTON  — Cedar County’s first all-mail election went off without a hitch last week.
A bond election to fund The Embers Assisted Living facility in Coleridge was given overwhelming approval by local voters during the special election, which concluded last week.

Cedar County Clerk Dave Dowling said 123 people voted in favor of the proposal, while only 47 percent of those casting ballots were opposed.
The election will change the bond for the assisted living from a revenue bond to a general obligation bond.
This marked the first all-mail election in Cedar County.
Dowling was pleased with the turnout for the election. County records show 63 percent of Coleridge’s eligible voters returned ballots.
“I haven’t heard any complaints on the election, “ Dowling said.
The clerk’s office mailed 391 ballots out and 19 of them were returned as “undeliverable.”

Dowling said a 63 percent turn-out is pretty good for a special election.
He recalls the last special election was around 35 percent.
“I think it’s a pretty good process — 63 percent is a pretty good voter turnout. It didn’t cost any more and I think it was easier for the voters.”
Any money he saved on poll workers was eaten up on postage, however, Dowling said.
Dowling said he would strongly consider doing other all-mail elections in the future. He noted these types of elections can only be held when there are no candidates involved, such as a bond, or tax over-ride.