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Despite uncertain times B-H referendum passes

Voting for the Bertha-Hewitt referendum was done a little differently due to COVID-19. Residents in Bertha were able to drive through the bus garage and vote. Voters would honk their horn to be let in, were then registered by Cindy Goepferd and Janet Umland, then on to Rick Harig and Amy Ashbaugh to receive their ballot and out the other door they went.

Voting for the proposed $1.995 million bond referendum for the Bertha-Hewitt School was held on Tuesday, April 14. According to Superintendent Eric Koep in a video on Facebook, they had a total of 532 voters. Koep was amazed with the turnout despite the cold weather and the virus. There were 320 “yes” votes and 232 “no” votes. The referendum passed by 88 votes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voting was done a little differently with curbside and drive through voting. “We are so excited and very appreciative of all the supportive communities’ members within our district,” said Koep. He added he was surprised that the governor listed the elections as essential and they had to forge forward, even with everything going on. . . . .



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