By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
After recounts for two races, the complete results for Madison County’s Nov. 5 general election are now confirmed.
Mount Sterling Village Council
Rebecca K. Burns edged out James M. Davis by one vote for the fourth of four seats up for election on Mount Sterling village council.
When the Madison County Board of Elections ran the certified tally for the election on Nov. 26, the results showed Burns with 124 votes (11.88 percent of the overall vote) and Davis with 123 (11.78 percent). Anytime the margin is within 0.5 percent, the law calls for an automatic recount.
The elections board held the recount on Dec. 5, counting ballots for the entire race by hand. The tallies came out the same as the originally certified vote, 124-123, making Burns the winner. Scott McClelland, Diane G. Spradlin and Heather R. Rice won the other three seats. A total of nine candidates ran in the race.
Board of Elections director Tim Ward said the Mount Sterling recount is only the second automatic recount to take place since he became director in 2007. The other one occurred in a close race for Pleasant Township trustee in 2009.
London Council Ward 1
At the request of candidate Trint Hatt, the elections board held a recount Dec. 10 for the London Council Ward 1 seat.
Hatt was one of three candidates vying for the position. All of the candidates were write-ins. The certified tally showed Hatt with 44 votes (39.63 percent), Joshua Peters with 46 votes (41.44 percent) and David B. Ridenour with 21 votes (18.91 percent).
Because the vote margin between Hatt and Peters was greater than 0.5 percent, the race did not qualify by law for an automatic recount. However, the law does allow a losing candidate to request a recount, as long as the request is made within five days of the election certification, which is what Hatt did.
Hatt was required to pay the elections board $55 per precinct to have the ballots recounted; there are two precincts in Ward 1. The board recounted the ballots by hand. The results remained the same, which means Peters won the race.
The Next Election
No entity filed issues for a special election in February, so the next election in Madison County will take place on May 6.
It will be a gubernatorial election, which means statewide offices will be on the ballot. The following local races also will be on the ballot:
• one county commissioner seat (David Dhume currently holds the seat);
• county auditor (Jennifer Hunter currently holds the seat);
• county court of common pleas judge, probate division (Glenn Hamilton currently holds the seat); and
• the unexpired term for county court of common pleas judge, general/domestic division. Eamon Costello currently holds the seat through the November 2014 election. He was appointed this fall to replace Robert Nichols, who retired. The remaining two years of the term, 2015 and 2016, are up for election.
The deadline to file candidacy or issues for the May 6 election is Feb. 5. The voter registration deadline is April 7. For more information, call the Madison County Board of Elections at (740) 852-9424 or visit www.electionsonthe.net/oh/madison/.