NORWALK, Conn. All 14,567 city ballots will be recounted Monday to determine the winners in the Common Council at Large race, according to a statement released by Emily Wilson, head moderator for the 2011 election. The city-wide recount will coincide with the Board of Education recount in District E, where one vote separates Democrat Mike Barbis and Republican Geoff Kieburtz.
The recount will cost approximately $10,000 and involve four tabulators and 20 to 25 people, Wilson said. The recount is mandated because the number of votes separating incumbent Republican Joanne Romano, incumbent Republican John Tobin and Democrat Sharon Stewart is less than one percent of the total. Romano and Tobin waived their right to a recount, but Stewart will allow it to continue. There are 10 candidates for five at large council seats.
If Tuesday's tally were official, Romano would be back on the Common Council by one vote. She has 6,473 votes to Tobin's 6,472. Stewart is in seventh place with 6,447 votes.
There was also a city-wide recount in 2009. Wilson figures Monday's recount will take 12 hours, which is how long a city-wide recount took two years ago.
That recount did not change the winners, according to YourCT.com . Tobin's vote tally was a part of that recount, too. He had 6074 votes to Anna Duleep's 6034 in the first count. Both gained in the recount, but Tobin remained ahead with 6,077 votes to Duleep's 6,056.
A Board of Education race was also challenged in 2009, and Democrat Heidi Keyes finished six votes ahead of Republican Artie Kassimiss after the recount.
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