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Recounts To Decide Norwalk Council Seats

NORWALK, Conn. – With just a half-percentage-point separating three Common Council at-large candidates, an automatic recount of the vote will take place, said Democratic Town Committee Chairman Marc Bradley. A recount will also be done in District E, where Democrat Mike Barbis leads Republican Geoff Kieburtz by four votes, Republican Registrar Karen Lyons Doyle said.

Doyle didn't know Wednesday afternoon when the recount would be done. But Bradley and Republican Town Committee Chairman Art Scialabba said Wednesday evening that both will probably be set for Monday.

Republican incumbent Joanne Romano is fifth in the Common Council at-large race, with 6,473 votes in the official tally. Republican incumbent John Tobin is one vote behind with 6,472 and will not be on the council as it now stands.

Doyle did not know whether a recount would be done in that race. Other Republicans speculated that Tobin and Romano would work it out between themselves. But Bradley said that the closeness of the race will force a recount. Democrat Sharon Stewart in sixth place with 6,447 votes after 15,000 people cast ballots.

Scialabba said he Stewart was forcing a recount. Stewart did not return an email asking for comment.

Every ballot will be recounted for Common Council at-large votes, Bradley said.

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