- Lynn Hulsey Staff Writer
Automatic recounts will occur in several area races to make sure narrow vote tallies from the Nov. 7 election are accurate.
State law requires an automatic recount if the margin of difference in the vote falls within one-half of one percent.
Local boards of election tally final official results after counting late-arriving absentee ballots and verifying provisional ballots after Election Day.
Once that was done the races that will be recounted in Montgomery, Warren and Greene County did not change as far as overall results, but the numbers may have changed.
In Montgomery County there will be a recount on the village of Phillipsburg’s 0.5 percent municipal income tax increase, which failed by 1 vote.
“Every vote matters,” said Steve Harsman, deputy director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
Perry Township’s 1.5 mill additional police levy failed by three votes and will be recounted, as will the Brookville city council race, in which Curt Schreier bested Jerri Letner by 11 votes, according to unofficial final results.
Greene County will recount the New Jasper board of trustees race. In that race Lisa Townsend beat Mike Rasey by 2 votes, according to unofficial final results.
The county will also recount it’s share of Wayne Local Schools’ 4.68 mill bond issue, which was narrowly approved by voters in Greene and Warren County.
Warren County also has a recount on the Franklin City School Board race to verify Bob Knipper’s eight vote win over Dennis Dwyer.
Warren County will also recount results in the Deerfield Township Trustee race, in which Lonnie Vestal beat Bill Lantry by 27 votes, according to final unofficial results.
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