Ward 5 ballot recount set for Aug. 29

August 23, 2018


A second recount in the Rochester City Council preliminary election has been scheduled.

Ballots in the Ward 5 race will be reviewed at 9 a.m. Aug. 29.

Shaun Palmer secured a spot on the Nov. 6 general election ballot with 856 votes, or 23.2 percent of the ballots cast, but only 18 votes separated the next two candidates.

Judy Hickey received 771 votes, while Bryon Clark received 753.

The gap is small enough to allow Clark to seek a publicly funded recount, which he requested Monday afternoon.

Rochester City Clerk Anissa Hollingshead confirmed the recount has been scheduled for the day following a planned recount of Ward 1 ballots, where five votes separate Heather Holmes and Paul Myhrom for a spot to join Patrick Keane on the general-election ballot.

A location for the Ward 5 recount hasn’t been announced, but the Ward 1 review is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday in Riverview Room D of Mayo Civic Center.

Recounts are open to the public, including candidates and any representatives.

Hollingshead has said the key expense for the upcoming recounts will be election judges, who will earn $10 per hour to check each ballot by hand. Additional costs could be related to the location and efforts needed to make sure the ballots are secure.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a huge cost,” she said.

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