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UPDATE: District 833 School Board recount set for Nov. 21

District 833 officials announced Thursday that the recount of a School Board election that was decided by five votes will be held next week.

The recount will be held a 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Washington County Government Center. Officials will conduct the recount in room 4690E at the government center.

School Board candidate Molly Lutz requested the recount Tuesday, Nov. 12, after losing the District 833 School Board election by five votes.

Lutz, of Woodbury, formally requested that the ballots be tallied again after the School Board canvassed results of the Nov. 5 election.

Voters filled four four-year seats in last week’s election. The fourth-highest vote-getter was Sharon Van Leer with 2,463 votes, or 8.72 percent of the total. Lutz finished fifth with 2,458 votes, good for 8.70 percent.

“People have called me and encouraged me to do it,” Lutz said. “It’s five votes.”

State law allows for a district-paid recount at Lutz’s request because the vote difference was within a certain threshold. Lutz gave the district her request immediately following the canvass.

Superintendent Keith Jacobus said he will recommend, with board members’ input, that Washington County election officials conduct the recount. The county would bill the school district for the cost of the recount. That amount was not available Tuesday.

Requesting a recount in such a close election would be common, Lutz said.

“For all my supporters it’s the right thing to do -- and for the voters,” she said.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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