Vavra requests recount in City Council election

Pam Vavra has requested a recount in the race for City Council seat No. 5.

Vavra filed the request Tuesday and the recount is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 4, county clerk Chris Walker said.

The elections department hopes to have the recount finalized by the end of day Dec. 5, Walker said.

Final election results showed that incumbent Russ Silbiger won with 46.22 percent (4,751 votes) to Vavra's 45.98 percent (4,726 votes). The third candidate, Ben Chew, received 7.48 percent (769 votes).

Four boards of four people each will conduct the hand recount of five Ashland precincts (No. 2, 4, 7, 10 and 13), Walker said.

Ashland's rural precinct No. 18 will not be recounted because voters living in that area cannot vote in City of Ashland elections.

At the same time, a fifth board will conduct an administrative recount of the Jacksonville City Council race, where just three votes make up the difference between the candidates for the third council seat, Walker said.

A separation of no more than 0.2 percent between candidates triggers an automatic recount, which would have amounted to a difference of 19 votes between Silbiger and Vavra.

Vavra deposited the $15 per precinct required when a candidate requests a recount, and she will have to pay the remaining amount when the total cost of the recount is determined, Walker said.

If the outcome of the election were to change, Vavra's deposit would be refunded.

Walker said that, although anything can happen, she does not expect the results to change.

"We pride ourselves on being very accurate," she said.

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