As deadline looms, no calls for recanvass

Posted May 29, 2018 at 2:30 pm

As expected, there were several relatively close primary election races last Tuesday, May 22 in Clinton County, due to the high volume of candidates in some races. However, there apparently won’t be anyone asking for a recanvass of votes unless it is at the last minute.

The deadline to request a “recanvass” of voting machines and recount of absentee paper ballots by any candidate was 4 p.m. this past Tuesday, May 29.

According to officials with the County Clerk’s office, as of press time late Tuesday morning, no candidate had requested such a recanvass, despite some of the races being close, especially in a few of the magisterial districts where in some cases, less than 40 votes separated the top vote getters from first to second in races.

There were only a minimal amount of county-wide contested races of the ballot last week, and although no race was considered a “landslide” win by any means for either candidates, there was a wide enough separation of votes between the winners and second place finishers not to prompt a recanvass request.

This is, however, contingent upon no one requesting such a recanvass of votes after late Tuesday morning.

Should there have been any request for a recanvass after the deadline this week, that information will be published in next week’s Clinton County News.

Information of filing deadlines, etc. for upcoming local non-partisan races that will be on the ballot this fall will be published in a later issue of the Clinton County News.