Election officials believe they have determined why a number of votes were subtracted from the total during Friday’s election recount. The automatic recount was triggered when Democrat Benjamin R. Srb out polled Republican Timothy Lavoy by 19 votes in the competition for a seat on the Board of Selectmen and a similarly close race for the Board of Education. The recount confirmed Srb’s victory, and added one vote to his total. But a number of votes, some 69 in all, and disproportionately occurring on ballots for Republican candidates, “disappeared” in the recount, according to Town Clerk Ryan J. Curley.
The results did not change the outcome of any of the races, moderator Sue Anderson-Woronoff said Tuesday and again Wednesday. But the “disappearance” of those votes nagged at Anderson, her assistant Kelly Mainetti and registrars of voters Pauline Neumann and Athena Neville.
On Tuesday, the four officials gathered in the clerk’s office, which also includes the desks of Neumann and Neville, to go over the results yet again in an effort to resolve the mystery.