In Wednesday afternoon’s municipal election recount, while some vote tallies changed, were confirmed to be winners. The most interesting part of the procedure were some of the write-in votes, including one for Donald Duck, one for Mickey Mouse and one for Hillary Clinton.
“It happens every year,” Republican Town Registrar Mary Pinkham said. “We are used to it.”
Recounts were originally triggered in four races, the Board of Finance, and the Representative Town Meeting’s First, Second and Fourth Districts. But candidate David Cattanach, who was the closest loser in the First District, forfeited his right to a recount.
So Wednesday, the town recounted three races. In all three, while the vote tallies changed for some candidates, the winners and losers remained the same.
In the Board of Finance, the closest race was with Cheryl Larder, who defeated Roz Dupuis by three votes, according to the Nov. 8 count. After the recount, she won by four votes.
In the Representative Town Meeting’s Second District, the closest race was between Gerard Gaynor and Mark Wiggins. Results last Tuesday said Gaynor won by five votes, and the recount produced the same results.
In the Representative Town Meeting’s Fourth District, the closest race was between Lee Goss and Elizabeth Friedman. In the original Nov. 8 tally, Goss won by eight votes, and the recount produced the same result.
State law qualifies a recount if the election is within 20 votes. The Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Hillary Clinton campaigns could not be reached for comment.