PUTNAM COUNTY — The Putnam County and Allen County Board of Elections conducted a recount on Pandora-Gilboa school board seats Tuesday.
The recount was at the directive of the state Board of Elections. On Nov. 26, the Putnam County BOE notified the Allen County BOE for an automatic recount to be conducted in the race for Pandora-Gilboa school district from the Nov. 5 election. Putnam County is the most populous county for the district.
“Candidates Vance Nofziger and Vanessa Wilson were four votes apart, and that calls for an automatic recount,’” said Karen Lammers, Putnam County BOE director.
She said all six candidates were notified of the recount and will receive a certified letter of the results.
Four Putnam County BOE members, two Democrats and two Republicans broke up into two separate groups Tuesday night at the Putnam County BOE office to hand count the votes.
As the difference between the votes cast for the winning candidate and the candidate who received the next highest number of total votes did not exceed one-half of one percent of the total votes, a recount was ordered.
The recount numbers in Allen County for Pandora Gilboa school board candidates were Vanessa Wilson, 4 votes and Vance Nofzinger, 5 votes. Putnam County included 93 votes for Nofzinger and 111 for Wilson that did not change from the original number of votes.
Mark Vernik, Allen County BOE deputy director, said the board conducted a recount Tuesday and found no problems. Since the district overlaps into Putnam County the county’s BOE conducted a recount by hand Tuesday night.
“The Secretary of State always initiates a recount when required for overlaps which means there are multiple county jurisdictions,” Vernik said.
There were three seats on the ballot with six people running and the first two names on the ballot had a wide enough margin to be declared winners. The third seat was within one half of one percent.
He said the state issued a letter to Lima Board of Elections for the recount that he said he received the letter Monday.
Lammers said the Putnam County vote numbers also remained unchanged.
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