Voting in Griggs County to decide the fate of all 5 commissionersVoters in Griggs County are deciding the fate of all five county commissioners Tuesday. It's an unprecedented recall drive against the entire commission.
By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ
Griggs County voters have ousted the entire Commission Tuesday, after an unprecedented recall drive against all the commissioners.
These are the new commissioners by district, Challengers John Wakefield, Shawn Steffen, Ron Dahl, Troy Olson and Dale Petersen will all claim Griggs County Commission seats on Monday.
Voters in Griggs County are deciding the fate of all five county commissioners Tuesday. It's an unprecedented recall drive against the entire commission. The vote is the latest development in a long-running controversy over a multi-million dollar court house being built in Cooperstown. Voters in Griggs county rejected a measure to build a new courthouse three different times, but the county commission decided to move forward with the project anyway. So now there's a new vote to kick the commissioners out of power.
Election officials say they received nearly seven hundred absentee ballots and have had more than two hundred come to the polling site. Commissioners say they needed to act quickly to use a million dollar federal grant to build a new courthouse and law enforcement center. Opponents say the project still will require too much taxpayer money. Regardless, the new courthouse is currently being built. Voters say it's actually a good idea to replace the 130 year old court house, they're upset with how it happened.
Polls closed at 7 pm Tuesday. We will provide preliminary results as soon as we get them.