Proposition 1 passes after official recount shows counting error
Flipping the original vote tally completely, Proposition 1 passed today with 698 votes in favor to 695 against after new totals were released from the official recount. County officials were called in to conduct the voter-initiated recount which saw both propositions pass by narrow margins.
Proposition 2′s final count is 697 in favor versus 691 against. With both propositions officially passed, the city is now authorized to use $9.9 million in bond funds to build the membrane bioreactor sewer plant.
Originally, Proposition 1 failed to pass with 699 votes against and 696 in favor. Proposition 2 passed both times, but the original tallies were 697 in favor and 693 against.
Reasons for the original counting errors are unknown, but city officials feel the miscount may have been caused by fatigue on the part of the counters.
“That would be my only guess,” said City Recorder Susan Farnsworth. “I have 100 percent confidence in my counting judges.
Councilman elect Richard Payne echoed that statement saying, “I know they’re under a lot of pressure when they count those things.”
Councilman Filip Askerlund, who was opposed to the propositions and was present to observe the recount, feels the recount was properly conducted and feels the city now has some challenges ahead.
“It came out with a six vote swing,” said Askerlund. “The issue now is whether or not the $9.9 million is enough to build the MBR.”
A special city council meeting will be called to officially receive the new totals. Another recount of the same propositions will not be allowed.
Payne’s campaign fought hard to pass the two propositions, even going as far as organizing the vote recount. Their work seems to have paid off.
Payne commented after the recount results were announced saying, “I think when it’s that close it’s a good thing to do a recount.”
Updates to follow…