Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
Recount expected to be conducted in New Bremen school board race
By Tom Stankard
WAPAKONETA - The ballots in the tightly contested New Bremen School Board race likely will need to be recounted.
Auglaize County Board of Elections Director Michelle Wilcox informed board members on Tuesday that the likelihood of the recount stands at 99 percent.
A recount takes place when the margin is within 0.5 percent of the total votes.
Members added 42 absentee ballots that had been received after Nov. 7 to the unofficial canvass. The added ballots did not change the order of finish with Susanne Wells receiving the most votes followed by Shelly Busse and Steve Vonderhaar.
Members also approved 105 provisional ballots and rejected five. Wilcox said four of the rejected ballots were from voters who were not registered, and one voter had a Shelby County address.
Counting the added votes, Wells received 673, Busse 660, and Vonderhaar 656. Wells received four absentee and three provisional votes, Busse, four absentees and two provisionals and Vonderhaar, three absentees and three provisionals.
Among those also in the race were Michelle Bumbauer and Valarie Mumaw, who received 650 and 300 total votes, respectively.