Chapin's residency questioned

The Huron County Board of Elections is investigating the computer system that divides the city into wards after a citizen questioned Lynn Chapin's residency in the first ward. Chapin is eight votes ahead of Scott Krichbaum in the first-ward race, but 16 absentee ballots cast Monday and an undetermined number of provisional ballots have not yet been tallied. The board will not release final vote counts until the provisional ballots have been certified by Nov. 16.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

 

 The Huron County Board of Elections is investigating the computer system that divides the city into wards after a citizen questioned Lynn Chapin’s residency in the first ward.

  Chapin is eight votes ahead of Scott Krichbaum in the first-ward race, but 16 absentee ballots cast Monday and an undetermined number of provisional ballots have not yet been tallied. The board will not release final vote counts until the provisional ballots have been certified by Nov. 16.

  Tom Gerrity, director of the Huron County Board of Elections, said Jim Orth, of 84 Parsons St., came into the board office Tuesday to question whether Chapin’s home at 95 North Foster St. is in the first or the fourth ward. The street is split between the wards, according to the codified ordinance passed by Norwalk City Council in 2002.

  “Our computer records indicate she is in the first ward,” Gerrity said. “My understanding is that the ordinance was done in 2002 and we received information in 2003. There was a map drawn in 2003 and that’s when the information was put into our computer system.”

  Gerrity said Orth returned to the board office later Tuesday after studying the codified ordinances passed by city council detailing the boundaries of the wards. Gerrity said Orth said then that he believed Chapin’s home is in the first ward, but he believed his son Jason’s home at 35 East League St. should also be in the first ward rather than the fourth.

  Jason Orth then cast a provisional ballot for the first ward, Gerrity said. “We told him we would investigate, but we had to finish the election,” Gerrity said. “We’re working on it.”

  The next meeting of the Board of Elections is scheduled for Nov. 16, the date on which election totals will be certified.

Here are the official city ward boundaries:

 105.02 — FIRST WARD

All of the corporation territory of the City lying north of the centerline of East Main Street and east of the Centerline of Whittlesey Avenue, excepting therefrom that part of the corporation bounded as follows: centerline of Grand Avenue from Whittlesey Avenue to Fruen Street, centerline of Fruen Street from Grand Avenue to Cline Street, centerline of Cline Street from Fruen Street to East League Street, centerline of East League Street from Cline Street to Lee Street, centerline of Lee Street from East League Street to Franklin Street, centerline of Franklin Street from Lee Street to Foster Street, centerline of Foster Street from Franklin Street to East Main Street.  (Ord.  2002-67.  Passed 12-17-02.)    

    

 105.03 — SECOND WARD

All of the corporation territory of the City lying south of the centerline of Main Street and east of the centerline of Benedict Avenue, excepting therefrom that part of the corporation bounded as follows: centerline of Forest Street from Benedict Avenue to James Street, centerline of James Street from Forest Street to Warren Drive, centerline of Warren Drive from James Street to Benedict Avenue. (Ord. 2002-67. Passed 12-17-02.)                                                        

 105.04 — THIRD WARD

All of the corporation territory of the City lying south of the centerline of West Main Street and west of the centerline of Benedict Avenue, and also including the part of the Municipal corporation bounded as follows: centerline of Forest Street from Benedict Avenue to James Street, centerline of James Street from Forest Street to Warren Drive, centerline of Warren Drive from James Street to Benedict Avenue, centerline of East Main Street from Benedict Avenue to Foster Street, centerline of Foster Street from East main Street to East League Street, centerline of East League Street from Foster Street to Prospect Street, centerline of Prospect Street from East League Street to Washington Avenue, centerline of Washington Avenue from Prospect Street to Whittlesey Avenue, centerline of Whittlesey Avenue from Washington Street to Clifton Street, centerline of Clifton from Whittlesey Avenue to State Street, centerline of State Street from Clifton Street to West League Street, centerline of West League Street from State Street to Newton Street, centerline of Newton Street from W.  League Street to Carey Place, centerline of Carey Place from Newton Street to North Pleasant Street, centerline of North Pleasant Street from Carey Place to West Main Street. (Ord.  2002-67. Passed 12-17-02.)        

 105.05 — FOURTH WARD

All of the corporation territory of the City lying north of the centerline of West Main Street and west of the centerline of Whittlesey Avenue, excepting therefrom that part of the corporation bounded as follows: centerline of Whittlesey Avenue from Washington Street to Clifton Street, centerline of Clifton Street from Whittlesey Avenue to State Street, centerline of State Street from Clifton Street to West League Street, centerline of West League Street from State Street to Newton Street, centerline of Newton Street from W.  League Street to Carey Place, centerline of Carey Place from Newton Street to North Pleasant Street, centerline of N.  Pleasant Street from Carey Place to West Main Street and also including the part of the Municipal corporation bounded as follows: centerline of Grand Avenue from Whittlesey Avenue to Fruen Street, centerline of Fruen Street from Grand Avenue to Cline Street, centerline of Cline Street from Fruen Street to East League Street, centerline of East League Street from Cline Street to Lee Street, centerline of Lee Street from East League Street to Franklin Street, centerline of Franklin Street from Lee Street to Foster Street, centerline of Foster Street from Franklin Street to East League Street, centerline of East League Street from Foster Street to Prospect Street, centerline of Prospect Street from East League Street to Washington Street, centerline of Washington Street from Prospect Street to Whittlesey Avenue. (Ord.  2002-67.  Passed 12-17-02.)                                                        

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Jimmy needs to get a life... It's Norwalk, not the presidency.

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Krichbaum lost 4 Republican votes in our household due to how he acted at a past Norwalk School Board Meeting. The majority of teachers were there, including his wife, even though he wasn't sitting with her. Someone was trying to speak and Krichbaum kept fake coughing and moving his chair to make noises to interrupt the speaker. The table he was sitting at thought it was funny, I did not. I later asked if anyone knew who that person was, and I was told it was Krichbaum. If that is all the respect he has for a person's freedom of speech, I don't want him representing me and my ward at a council meeting.