Canvassers still working; no winner named in county’s only tied race
The county Board of Canvassers is back at work today, continuing its charge of verifying the results of the Aug. 7 Primary election.
County clerk Michelle Crocker said that the group met the afternoon following the election, Aug. 8, and began their work. The results of the one undecided race — for the race of Empire Township treasurer — continued to be tied at 90 votes apiece for incumbent treasurer Cheryl Manning and challenger Bob Price.
Crocker said last week that after the Board of Canvassers completes its work, either candidate may petition for a recount. An irregularity in ballot distribution in the township, however, may rule out use of a recount to help determine a winner.
“The Board of Canvassers would have to determine whether a recount of the precinct is possible,” Crocker said.
Any recount would have to take place after the state Board of Canvassers completes its work. If no recount is requested, the winner of the Primary may come down to a random draw administered by Crocker.
Two pieces of paper would be placed in a hat, one reading “nominated”, the other “not nominated” and the person with the nomination paper would claim the seat.
The Primary winner will be unopposed on the November ballot.