Five challenged ballots could change outcome

Last night’s Seneca vote tally unofficially gives two incumbents and two challengers seats on the city council. But the election director stressed the outcome remains unofficial until tomorrow morning when the commissioners examine five challenged ballots. Those ballots could change the order of finish involving the fourth and fifth place voter-getters. As announced last night, incumbent Joel Ward topped the ticket with 434 votes. A second seat went to newcomer Stuart Pohl, with 365. Scott Durham held onto his seat with 363. The unofficial winner of the fourth seat was challenger Denise Rozman, with 312. Incumbent Ernest Riley received 310; challenger Robert Holbrooks, 305; challenger Joel Arnold, 302; and incumbent Andrea Alewine, 288. A total of 728 votes were cast, counting absentee, in Seneca’s four precincts. The county’s election commissioners meet at 11 in the morning, and 96.3/WGOG NEWS will have the results of the outcome of five challenged ballots as soon it is known.