News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Breaking News

Local & Bistate

November 14, 2008

Election officials face possible special election after ruling

TERRE HAUTE — Vigo County election officials face the possibility of figuring out how to pay for a special election for the mayor of Terre Haute.

The Indiana Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision Thursday, ruled that a special election be conducted after the court ruled Mayor Duke Bennett was ineligible to run in 2007 and a vacancy now exists for mayor of Terre Haute.

Bennett has 30 days to file an appeal to rehear the case before the Indiana Court of Appeals, but if denied, has an additional 30 days to appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court. In the meantime, Bennett remains mayor of Terre Haute.

A special election would be conducted if the Indiana Supreme Court decides not to hear the case or if the state’s highest court rules in favor of former Mayor Kevin Burke.

Vigo County Clerk Patricia Mansard, a member of the Vigo County Election Board, said Thursday she has more questions than answers.

“What are the options if Bennett appeals this, and at what point do we have a special election? Then, there are the administration questions. We have no budget as of now to conduct a special election in 2009. We have no contract with our election system provider for an election next year,” Mansard said.

“The county is in some pretty tight fiscal constraints and an election is a very expensive thing, so I am wondering how we manage to afford it,” Mansard said.

The county would conduct a special election, then get reimbursed for that election from the city. In a news conference Thursday, Bennett said it cost the city $580,000 for the last municipal election.

Mansard said the county’s most-recent election contract was $670,000 for Election Systems and Software to manage election voting machines through two primaries and two general elections. That does not include other costs, which put the price more than $800,000.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Raw: Texas Gov. Rick Perry Visits Iowa US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed
NDN Video
Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010