N. Baltimore faces recount PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JENISE FOUTS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 21 May 2010 11:27
NORTH BALTIMORE - Residents of this village, including North Baltimore Local School District staff and officials, will have to wait six more days to learn the official outcome of the 8.9-mill tax replacement levy from the May 4 primary election.
Because there is a difference of one-half of one percent in the official results - only four votes - members of the Wood County Board of Elections set May 27 at 9 a.m. for the automatic recount of the issue. The board met this morning at 8:30 to certify the entire election's results.
After 152 provisional ballots were counted countywide, with three votes affecting North Baltimore's voting total, the official results were 403 (50.25 percent) votes for it and 399 (49.75 percent) against it. A total of 802 votes were cast.
The unofficial tally from May 4 had been 401 votes for the levy (50.19 percent) and 398 against it (49.81 percent), with 799 total votes cast.
Board of Elections Deputy Director Terry Burton said after the board's meeting that the vote count was exactly one-half of one percent of the votes cast, thus triggering the automatic recount.
"We're still in there," said school district Treasurer Eve Baldwin, who was present for the board's meeting. "We have to wait a week."
"We have four votes to the positive side, and we're going to remain hopeful we'll continue to have community support for the issue," said Superintendent Marlene North in a phone interview. Whatever the final result, she said the district will continue to work on its community cost-savings program.
"I continue to be very pleased with the support of the community," she added, noting voter support of the district in spite of the economy.
Also during the board's meeting, members accepted the nominating petition for independent candidate for Wood County commissioner, John Davoli, mayor of Fostoria. It was noted his statement of candidacy omitted the word "Wood," but it was accepted by the board. The board also certified Davoli to be on the Nov. 2 ballot.
After the meeting concluded, Davoli said he had been working with three different counties' boards of election, and Wood County's had been "fantastic to work with. .. .They're a great group to work with here."
Board of Elections Director Debbie Hazard announced the filing deadline for ballot issues has now been changed to 90 days.
Ohio's General Assembly had recently changed the deadline from 75 to 90 days.

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