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Hammond councilman drops recount bid; concedes Dem race

Hammond Councilman Robert “Bob” Markovich, D-At large, has withdrawn his petitions for a recount and contest after the May primary that saw him lose by four votes.

It was determined during a recount by a commission at the Board of Elections on Friday that nine signatures from absentee ballots did not match but it could not be determined who those people voted for.


“I am glad I pursued the recount because the Recount Commission determined that nine votes should not have been counted, but I am heartbroken that the commission is unable to determine who those votes were cast for because of the manner in which absentee ballots are counted on election night,” Markovich said in a statement released Monday.

“I understand that even though it is not really possible for the Recount Commission to tell who received the highest number of votes because the ballots are mixed together after they are taken out of their outer envelopes on election night and that a court will order a new election only if there was so much fraud that it undermined the integrity of the election.”


Markovich was one of five candidates in the Hammond at large council race. During the May primary, Councilwoman Janet Venecz, Councilman Dan Spitale and Katrina Alexander won the most votes for Hammond’s three at large nominations.

Markovich came in fourth, losing to Alexander by four votes, according to election results.

Alexander found out about Markovich’s decision when he called her Sunday, which happened to be her birthday, to concede and congratulate her.

“It was definitely the best birthday gift ever,” she said. “It feels great.”

Rob Earnshaw is a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune.