NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Tuscarawas County Board of Elections workers have completed the recount of the Claymont school board race and officially certified the results.
Director Gail Garbrandt says the recount was necessary because only two votes separated candidates Kenny Trimmer, who had 662 votes, and Michelle Wolf, who had 660, which the board declared was the official tally today.
“We have actually finished, almost finished our part here but what has to happen is tomorrow morning at 8:30 the board will come in. They will review the results of the recount and they will certify the recount,” she says.
Election night results gave Wolf a three-vote lead over Trimmer, but the addition of provisional and absentee ballots flipped the results and set up the recount. Garbrandt says they had one other order of business on Tuesday before closing the books on the 2019 general election.
“We will begin the audit of the general election so we will randomly pick some precincts,” she says.
Garbrandt says they decided to audit the results for the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center governing board race since it covers the most precincts.