Petitioner’s husband appointed to Cloverdale recount commission
The three-person commission appointed to conduct a recount in the Cloverdale clerk-treasurer election will include the husband of the candidate who filed the petition for the recount.
The commission, appointed Tuesday by Putnam Circuit Court Judge Matt Headley, will include Deputy Clerk Heather Robinson and Cloverdale residents Barb Jay and Monnie Carr.
Monnie Carr is married to Vanessa Carr, who lost the Nov. 5 clerk-treasurer race to incumbent Cheryl Galloway by just two votes, 143-141.
By law, a recount commission must be composed of one person who can run all the election equipment as well as one Republican and one Democrat from the district in question.
Robinson is one of only two people in the county qualified to run the equipment, while Jay was selected by the Republican Party and Monnie Carr was selected by the Democratic Party.
Vanessa Carr ran as an independent in the race, while Galloway ran on the GOP ticket.
Robinson told the Banner Graphic that when Judge Headley brought the order to the clerk’s office, she questioned having a spouse on the commission. However, Headley told her it was legal.
Robinson followed up with a call to the Indiana Election Division, with a representative giving her the same answer as the judge.
No date has been set for the recount, though Robinson said she plans to reach out to both Jay and Monnie Carr following the Thanksgiving holiday to make a decision.
By state election law, the recount should be completed by Dec. 20. This may be extended by the court for “good cause shown.”
Once a recount is completed, Putnam County Clerk Heather Gilbert must file a certificate of recount, with any corrected vote totals noted.
After the recount certificate is filed, the court enters its final order discharging the recount commission. A 30-day period to appeal the recount commission’s certificate begins when the trial court issues this order.
The next term for the Cloverdale clerk-treasurer begins on Wednesday, Jan. 1.