Richmond man killed in I-70 crash

A Richmond man has died after his Ford Focus was pinned under a semi trailer on Interstate 70 on Wednesday (Nov. 11). The two-vehicle crash occurred on westbound I-70 near the 149 mile-marker on Richmond’s north side. Emergency personnel were notified at 9:15 a.m. of a crash involving a semi tractor/trailer and a passenger car. Wayne County sheriff’s deputies were first to arrive on scene, but at Sheriff Randy Retter’s request, Indiana State Police assumed the investigation.

WAYNE COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED!

More than 24 hours after polls closed in Wayne County, the unofficial election results were released to the public via the Voters Registration website. Familiar faces are returning to Wayne County coroner and clerk offices as well as some of its school boards. They also voted overwhelmingly for Republican candidates in state and national races. RELATED ARTICLES: Wayne County Democrats issue Nov. 4 statement on vote count proceedings, other election concerns

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Wayne County waiting on election results 18 hours after polls close

CORONER
After a few years away from the office, Kevin Fouche, a Republican, was elected again as coroner with 66.63 percent of the vote over Robert “Brent” Meadows.

Election vote count called off for night

Wayne County election officials called off Tuesday’s vote count at 3 a.m. Wednesday. They will return when the courthouse opens at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to continue counting. All of the results will be released at once. Continue to follow the Western Wayne News online for updates and results.

Attorney describes process of requesting printouts at vote centers

Richmond attorney Amy Noe Dudas spoke during WCTV’s election results show about her role in helping Wayne County Democratic Party on Tuesday as its legal counsel and why a change in the tabulation process means local election results are being released later than usual on Election Night. Dudas said the party discovered a discrepancy last week between the training the local poll workers receive and the state statute regarding Election Night printouts of vote counts. She said she thought that party officials had relayed their concern to the county clerk a few days ago that they were going to look for printouts to be made at each vote center on Election Night. They followed up on their request to make sure it would be carried out. Wayne County Clerk Debra Berry said Tuesday that the process since vote centers were introduced in Wayne County has been that when the vote centers close for Election Day, the inspector and judge have brought the equipment to the Voter Registration Office in the courthouse.

Updated: Wayne County election results coming later because of tabulation process change

Wayne County election results are expected to be delayed tonight because of a change in the tabulation process. Wayne County Clerk Debra Berry said the process since vote centers were introduced in Wayne County has been that when the vote centers close for Election Day, the inspector and judge have brought the equipment to the Voter Registration Office in the courthouse. Once there, they would run the tapes — in other words, print the results — while simultaneously electronically tabulating the results for posting to the county website for the public and the media. However, Wayne County Democratic Party chairman Beth Harrick made a request last week that the tapes be run at each vote center, citing Indiana code 3-11-14-30, according to attorney Amy Noe Dudas, speaking during Whitewater Government Television’s Election Night coverage. The code says, “Subject to IC 3-12-2-5, as soon as the polls are closed, the inspector, in the presence of the judges and poll clerks, immediately shall secure each electronic voting system against voting and obtain at least one (1) paper printout of the total votes cast for each candidate and on each public question in that precinct.”

Once the Democratic Party followed up on its request in the afternoon on Election Day, the Wayne County Voter Registration Office contacted the state election board attorney for clarification, Dudas said.

UPDATED: Polling site will NOT be open an extra 30 minutes after early morning glitch

Wayne County Election Board has voted to extend one Wayne County vote center for 30 minutes on Tuesday night, but that did not get approved by a judge. Election officials had a problem getting voting machines to work when the vote center opened at 6 a.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 1108 N. H St. in Richmond. It was eventually determined a bent prong in a cord kept the machines from working for approximately 26 minutes.

Sidewalk Talk: COVID-19

Western Wayne News went to the streets to ask questions about
COVID-19. The following questions were asked: 

1. Have you or anyone you know been impacted by the Coronavirus? 2. What are your thoughts about a vaccine, and do you plan to take it when it becomes available?

A look at early voter turnout, election concern in Wayne County

More than 17,000 Wayne County voters used absentee voting and in-person absentee voting (early voting) to cast ballots by Friday in anticipation of Tuesday’s Election Day. Those totals exceed the number of absentee/early voting ballots cast prior to Election Day in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections. In-person absentee voting, also known as early voting, concluded at noon Monday at the courthouse and on Saturday at the Kuhlman Center. Eight vote centers were scheduled to be open on Election Day. “I assume there will be long lines on Election Day,” Wayne County Clerk Debra Berry said last week.

Where to vote today in Wayne County

These are the polls open from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. today in Wayne County, Indiana. You must be standing in line at 6 p.m. at a polling place to be allowed to vote after the polls close. Please visit our Western Wayne News Facebook page and be our “boots on the ground” throughout today to let other voters know where you are and about how much of a wait/line there is. Golay Center
1007 E Main St. Cambridge City

Hagerstown New Testament Church
752 W. Main St.