Rising Sun voters opted for change on Monday, June 10, electing challengers over the incumbent commissioners. Former police chief George Walker was the top vote getter with 208. Evelyn "Lyn" Dugger also earned a seat on the town board. Dugger received 191 votes. Augie Pierson, a former commissioner, collected 142 votes. Joanne Osborne received 101. Osborne's fellow incumbent, Stephen Naughton, got 95 votes. There are just over 1,600 people on the rolls.
The officials take the Oath of Office July 9. The election also marked the first in which Rising Sun used voting machines. Voter turnout was greater than it was during the 2012 mayoral election. In that election, 222 ballots were cast. An additional 13 absentee ballots were submitted. The ballots were subjected to a recount when former Mayor Tom Mumey requested it due to a two-vote margin.
The voting machines were not the only change. There were new rules in place. Earlier this year, town officials set guidelines for verification of citizenship, residency, and age of those who wish to hold office in Rising Sun. Rising Sun's town board overhauled the election process by passing five charter amendments in March.
• Resolution 2013-04 - Voter Registration
To vote, a person must be town resident for 30 days, 18 years old, and a U.S. Citizen. This also eliminates the "town only" roll. Everyone has to register with county. Those with issues regarding the election can file within 10 days at Circuit Court.
• Resolution 2013-05 - Elected Officers, Qualifications, Nominations, and Terms
To run for mayor or commissioner a person must be 25 or older. They must have lived in town for one year. They cannot hold office if they have a felony conviction. The principle residence of the candidate must be in town. This resolution also eliminates from the floor nominations. Candidates file 30 days prior by 6 p.m.
Terms remain two years.
• Resolution 2013-06 - Election Process and Board of Supervisors of Elections
Election judges - Three people will be appointed for 2-year terms. One alternate will be appointed. The election will continue to be held the second Monday in June. Residents will be mailed sample ballots.
Poll watchers allowed, one per candidate. No write-in candidates permitted. Provisional ballots permitted.
• Resolution 2013-07 - Vote Count and Procedures in Case of Tie Vote
Outlines procedures for vote counting and determination of spoiled ballots. In case of a tie, special election will be held within 14 days. Voting process can be paper ballots or machines.