BY JON WYSOCHANSKI
JEFFERSON — The Ashtabula County District Library saw a victory Monday when a vote recount took its levy to a win by two votes.
Issue 27, a 0.25-mill continuous additional levy for technology updates and improvements for the ACDL, won with 4,436 people voting for the levy and 4,434 against.
The levy will generate $222,239 in its first year of collection and it will cost the owner of a $100,000 home around $8.40 a year in additional taxes.
On election night, unofficial results showed Issue 27 as voted down with 4,357 people voting for the levy and 4,401 people voting against it. Then, when election results were certified after the election, the levy was shown to be passing by one vote.
Penny Neubauer, Ashtabula County District Library director, who was at the Board of Elections observing the recount process, said via email that she was pleased with the result.
“Well— the numbers are in and we held the one vote for the win,” Neubauer wrote. “They’re double-checking one precinct for a one-vote discrepancy — we might actually have won by two votes. Regardless, the work we do daily does count.”
The race for Saybrook Township Trustee between Gloria Baum and Richard Pavolino was also recounted, Deputy Director Debbie Newcomb said. Results remained the same in that race with 1,094 people voting for Baum and 1,087 people voting for Pavolino, Newcomb said.
The Geneva City Council at-large race was recounted because of the margin between Susan Hagan and Mario Butera. The results of that race also remained the same with 532 people voting for Butera and 528 people voting for Hagan, she said.
Three teams of two people hand-counted ballots Monday morning at the Ashtabula County Board of Elections. The groups were required to hand count 5 percent of total ballots and then feed every ballot through voting machines, according to Director Charlie Frye.
An automatic recount is required when the margin is one half of one percent or less for any given race, Frye said.
Newcomb said thousands of ballots were counted by hand and she was impressed to see the teams of people following the processes in place.
“We want to assure people that we have a process in place to make sure elections are fair and equitable,” Newcomb said.
County Commissioner Casey Kozlowski, who was at the Board of Elections observing the recount, said this was his first time observing and he was impressed with the process.
“It’s amazing how fine-tuned they have the process,” Kozlowski said. “The day went very smoothly and it was very neat to observe that process. I think the credit goes to the staff and volunteers that make the elections happen. It’s a lot of work and we appreciate their time and effort.”