It’s official: Audubon County Supervisor’s race goes to Diest


November 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The results of the November 6th General Election for the Audubon County Supervisors race are now official. Officials say the Election Board in Audubon County canvassed the votes Wednesday afternoon, and determined the winner remained unchanged. The night the elections were held, just  eight votes had separated Republican Duane Deist and Democrat Kent Grabill. Diest received 1,550 votes, while Grabill has 1,542. After all the votes, including Absentee were counted, Deist had a 10-vote victory, and was officially declared the winner, on Wednesday.

Both men were vying for the second seat on the Audubon County Board of Supervisors. Incumbent Republican Todd Nelson secured one of the open seats, with more than 18-hundred votes. A fourth candidate, Jerry R. Carter, was out of contention for the seat, with 1,080 votes.

The final results of the vote were left in question, because some Absentee ballots were still being received in the mail, and two provisional ballots had yet to be examined. The post election day count yielded just five more votes for Deist, for a total of 1,555, and three more votes for Grabill, who garnered 1,545.