Recount In Greenwich Board Of Education Race To Resume Friday | #Education

GREENWICH, CT — A recount of the Greenwich Board of Education race began at Town Hall early Thursday morning, and it will resume on Friday.

Going into Election Day on Tuesday, three Republicans were vying for two spots on the board: Michael-Joseph Mercanti-Athony, Cody Kittle and Megan Galletta. Kara Philbin was a write-in candidate.

Democrats Kathleen Stowe and Laura Kostin ran unchallenged for two spots, and will be seated on the board.

According to unofficial results from the CT Secretary of State, Mercanti-Anthony appears to have won one of the Republican seats with 9,276 votes, the most of any Board of Ed. candidate.

Kittle tallied 8,336, and Galletta had 8,330 — a difference of just 36 votes. Philbin recorded 1,493 votes.

On Thursday, 20 volunteers made up of senior poll workers, absentee ballot counters, and those who have worked for the Registrar of Voters before, began the process of meticulously going through just under 16,000 ballots, and about 2,000 absentee ballots, according to Republican Registrar of Voters Fred DeCaro.

The Democratic Registrar, Mary Hegarty, is also overseeing the process with DeCaro. Former Democratic Registrar Sharon Vecchiolla was also called in to help.

“The difference between the recount and the actual election is that during the election, the tabulator does all the work in counting the ballots. In a recount, or what we call a close-vote recount, we also hand-review ballots to determine if the voters’ intent is going to be accurately picked up by the tabulator, and if it’s not, we hand-record the votes,” DeCaro told Patch Thursday evening.

DeCaro said there were some instances in which a voter wrote-in a candidate’s name, but didn’t fill in the oval. Or they filled in the oval, but then crossed out the name and made an error.

“The tabulator would have given that candidate a vote, but we understand that in fact the voter did not want to award that candidate a vote,” DeCaro said.

DeCaro stressed that the recount is not just focussed on the lowest vote-getters. All the candidates are subject to having their vote totals changed, and they’ve been notified of that.

About 85 percent of the recount process was completed Thursday. All absentee ballots were counted, DeCaro said, and nine of 12 voting districts were checked.

“Tonight we’re reviewing the work from today just to provide a sanity-check. [Friday] we will count the remaining districts and anything that doesn’t make sense from today,” DeCaro added.

On Thursday, members of the public stopped by Town Hall to see the recount in action.

At one point, in order to keep tempers in-check, DeCaro said someone suggested a police presence, so the Greenwich Police Department responded.

According to the Greenwich Time, an incident had occurred in which Galletta, who was in attendance watching the recount, disputed a ballot that she believed should be counted in her favor. The Time reported that voices were raised, but no one was asked to leave Town Hall.

[Read more from the Greenwich Time]

The recount resumes at 8 a.m. Friday. When it’s finished, the Registrar’s office will send out an announcement to those who are on its email list, and the final numbers will be re-published on the town and state website, DeCaro said.

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