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District 4 recount will be Tuesday

Four votes separate Leffler, Lundberg in Webster County race

November 21, 2012
Messenger News



Details have been set for the recount of votes for Webster County Supervisor District 4.

Democrat Marcy Lundberg, who came up short by four votes to Republican Merrill Leffler, requested the recount Friday.

Candidates have 18 days from date of the election canvass to request a recount, Webster County Auditor Carol Messerly said.

Both parties designated an individual to count ballots on their behalf.

"Both designate one person to serve and those two will determine a third person to help count," Messerly said.

Lundberg appointed Shari Fitzgerald and Leffler appointed Steve Kersten to serve. Together, Kersten and Fitzgerald selected Fort Dodge City Councilman Kim Alstott to serve as the third person.

Alstott was determined winner of the 2011 race for Ward 4 councilman by one vote in a recount requested by Kelly Hindman, who had served a previous term on the council.

"These counters are in our district," said Leffler. "Kim's been through this process before, he has firsthand experience on how this works."

The recount is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the conference room of the Webster County Courthouse.

"Basically, they will hand look at certain precincts and undervotes to see if the machines counted the same numbers, and then go through absentees to find one that is marked oddly and run it through the machine to be sure it is counted correctly," Leffler said of the selected recount process. "It's a spot check of undervotes and absentees to see of the same numbers are correct."

If the first recount process does not come up as accurate, each ballot will be counted by hand.

"Machines aren't usually wrong," said Leffler. "But I can certainly understand why Marcy would ask for a recount."

Calls seeking comment from Lundberg were not returned as of press time.

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.

The final tally was 1,479 votes for Leffler, 1,475 for Lundberg and 229 for Eugene Newsome, who was nominated by petition.

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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