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GI school board race going to recount

A recount is scheduled Wednesday to determine who will get the second seat from Ward B on the...
A recount is scheduled Wednesday to determine who will get the second seat from Ward B on the Grand Island school board.(KOLNKGIN)
Published: Nov. 4, 2020 at 12:40 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 9, 2020 at 4:29 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - One of Hall County’s election races is going to a recount.

Election Commissioner Tracy Overstreet said Monday that she would recommend to the Hall County canvassing board that an automatic recount be done for the Ward B seat on the Grand Island school board.

Ward B patrons were asked to choose two board members from the three candidates running for the seat, Lisa Albers, David Hulinsky and Tim Mayfield.

Albers polled the most votes, 3,398. But the remaining votes were split almost evenly between Hulinsky with 2,065 and Mayfield with 2,049. Only 16 votes separated the two candidates.

State law requires an automatic recount whenever the margin between two candidates is less than one percent of the vote garnered by the highest vote getter. Albers, in this case, received 3,398 votes. One percent of that total is 34. Since only 16 votes separated Hulinsky and Mayfield, an automatic recount is required under state law unless the candidate with the fewest votes waives the recount in writing. As of late Monday afternoon, Mayfield had not waived the recount.

Overstreet has scheduled the recount for Wednesday Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. Both Hulinsky and Mayfield have been invited to observe the recount as allowed under state law.

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