Recount in Democratic ballot for Lake County commissioner continues
By Rich Bird Post-Tribune correspondent June 26, 2012 2:42PM
Mike Repay. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 28, 2012 6:24AM
CROWN POINT — Election officials were expected to wrap up early Tuesday, completing their second day of recount proceedings in the contested Democratic primary race for 3rd District Lake County commissioner.
Richard Novak, 60, of East Chicago, is challenging his 74-vote loss on May 8 to Lake County Councilman Mike Repay, 36, of Hammond.
So far, the three-man, court-appointed Election Commission empaneled to inspect the votes has reviewed all of the machines used in polling places on the May 8 primary, said Jim Wieser, attorney for the Lake County Election Board.
The commission includes Democrat Dennis Adams of Highland, Republican Matthew Saliga of Hammond and voting machine mechanic James Oliver.
On Wednesday, the commission will inspect the 14 machines used in the satellite offices for early voting as well as absentee ballots, Wieser said.
There will be no activity on Thursday due to schedule conflicts between the attorneys in the case. Repay is represented by J.J. Stankiewicz, and Novak is represented by Justin Murphy.
Working out of the storeroom where the county keeps its voting machines, the commission — under the eye of appointed watchers and aided by election department staff — compared the information stored on the 374 machines used in the 3rd District race to a programmer’s log, which shows the serial number of the machine and the precinct where it was used.
The commission members also checked the individual event logs, which show the times each machine was operating and votes were logged.
As attorneys find questionable results, they have been earmarking them for argument at the end of the inspection process.
That will take place at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the Lake County Board of Commissioners’ courtroom at the Government Center, Wieser said.
The winner will face Republican nominee Mark Leyva, 52, of Highland, in November.