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Lundberg calls for a recount

Leffler leads by 4 votes in Webster County Supervisor District 4

November 20, 2012
By EMILIE NELSON-JENSON ( , Messenger News

After coming up short by just four votes in Webster County District 4, Marcy Lundberg has requested a recount.

On election night, Republican Merrill Leffler came out on top of the three-way race between himself, Democratic candidate Lundberg and independent Eugene Newsome for the seat on the county Board of Supervisors.

According to results reported election night, Leffler received 1,472 votes, or roughly 46.61 percent. Lundberg received 1,461 votes, or 46.26 percent.

However, as absentee ballots continued to filter in in the days following the Nov. 6 general election, Webster County Auditor Carol Messerly said the margin of votes became slimmer.

"As the canvass came in. it came down to four votes," Messerly said. In order to be counted, absentee ballots must have been postmarked by Nov. 5 and received by the county by 9 a.m. Nov. 13.

The final tally was 1,479 votes for Leffler, 1,475 for Lundberg and 229 for Newsome.

Lundberg had until 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16 to request a recount.

Messerly affirmed Lundberg made the request by the deadline. Messages left for Lundberg were not returned as of press time.

In the event of a recount, each party may designate one individual to serve as a counter. Once the two have been appointed they will meet to determine a third counter.

Counters will be appointed by 9 a.m. today, and the Webster County Board of Supervisors is expected to act on the recount during the regular meeting at 10 a.m.

"It can be done any way they want it," said Messerly. "They can have them counted by hand or electronically."

Messerly expects the recount to take place early next week.

The District 4 seat, held by Clark Fletcher since 2010, become vacant due to realignment of supervisor districts. The new District 4 consists of precincts 1, 3, 6 and 7 within the city of Fort Dodge.

The District 4 supervisor-elect will serve a two-year term, beginning in January.



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