NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Tuscarawas County voting officials say they still have work to do before this week’s election counts.
Board Director Gail Garbrandt says the board will meet Monday, November 18th, to certify the results, followed by an audit of random precincts a week later.
“We did get it done. We did certify the unofficial results. A lot of people assume that the election is over the day after the election but that is not the case,” she says.
Garbrandt says they have up to 118 provisional ballots to consider adding during certification and there were as many as 159 outstanding absentee ballots that could still arrive by mail. A race would qualify for an automatic recount if the outcome is separated by half-a-percent of the votes cast.
“There is a close race in Rush Township where there was a four-vote difference. If that remains the same, it may be possible that there would be a recount,” she says.
Fred Edwards by five votes for Rush Township trustee. Michelle Wolf has a three-vote lead over Kenny Trimmer for the second Claymont School Board open seat.