Salem Township’s request for additional tax money to maintain township roads failed, according to the official Champaign County Board of Elections ballot count Monday.
The Salem Township levy failed 386 for the tax and 394 against the tax, elections board Director Meredith Bodey said. The issue is not close enough to fall under an automatic recount, which requires the total to be within one-half of 1 percent.
Champaign County Commissioner David Faulkner may face Independent challenger Barnaby Ofori in the general election in November, Bodey said. Elections board staff must still check his petition signatures before they can certify his petition to run as an independent. Bodey said that certification would occur at the board’s next meeting on April 14.
No other totals from the unofficial tally on election night changed enough to affect the outcome, Bodey said.
The Champaign elections board had 167 provisionals to count from the primary; the county had a 44.94 percent voter turnout. Bodey said they ran out of ballots and had to print more in about 10 precincts. She said it was often the Republican ballots that were coming up short, though one of the Urbana city precincts ran out of Democrat ballots the night of the election.
Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.