A 14-vote difference between Republican Common Council members Deborah Kleckowski and David Bauer has caused the city to recount all of the ballots from Tuesday’s election, city officials said Wednesday. Kleckowski has unofficially won a seat on the council over Bauer, with 3,828 votes, to Bauer’s 3,814.
Kleckowski said she feels that she did a good job during her first term as a council member and she is disappointed that her numbers weren’t higher. Kleckowski said she is confident that she will win the recount, but if she doesn’t, she said she will support Bauer just as she thinks he will support her.
Bauer said he respects the recount because it is what the law states. The city’s Republican Registrar of Voters, Janice Gionfriddo, said there is an automatic recount when there are fewer than 20 votes between two candidates.
Bauer, however, said he was “very perplexed” by the number of “unknown votes” on the voter documents he received from the city clerk’s office Wednesday afternoon. “There were a lot of unknown votes,” he said. “Everyone who was nominated by a third party received unknown votes… Dan Drew, Seb Giuliano, Ron Klatenberg, and I got them.”