Dillon recount held this morning
DILLON – First estimated at just $40, then guessed to cost around $450, the recount requested for the third Dillon Town Council spot happens today.In the April 4 election, the vote tally for the third and final town council seat came down to retired doctor Don Parsons and nonprofit director Lucinda Burns. The official count showed a difference of just a single vote – Parsons 65, Burns 64.On election night, Dillon town clerk Jan Thomas and town manager Jack Benson first declared that there would be a mandatory recount, implying that the margin of victory for Parsons was less than one-half of one percent. That would trigger a mandatory, town-funded recount.The next day, after consulting with attorney Mark Shapiro, the town decided that the margin of victory was actually outside the state’s recount range. They also estimated that a recount would cost around $40.Two locals, Sandy Greenhut and Joleen Meyer, stepped up to request a recount anyway – at their own cost. The town, however, gave them a new estimate of the recount cost. The two would have to come up with $450.Greenhut said she was surprised.She sent the town a check for half of the recount costs. Meyer had yet to write a check Wednesday.”It doesn’t sound like Joleen is going to do it. We’ll go with what Sandy has given us,” Thomas said.The recount will happen this morning at 8 a.m, will include three election judges, and the attorney will not oversee the process.”The attorney was never going to be here,” Thomas said.Which raises the question of just how much the recount will cost in the end.By state statute, the three election judges will only be paid a total of $30 for the day. Thomas is on the clock as well for the recount. Postage has cost $40 so far, Thomas said. The attorney won’t be present, but Thomas said his advice may be needed after the recount is done.Thomas guessed that the recount process would take about an hour and a half.Asked if she thought total costs would be more or less than the $225 Greenhut has put up for the recount, Thomas said, “I don’t know; it’s just an estimate. We’ll return anything additional.”
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