The village council has no newly sworn members and looks exactly like it has for the past few years – despite a March 13 election for three of its five seats. The same council members will rule until and unless a hand recount makes clear who prevailed for mayor, seat 1 and seat 4. Wellington’s canvassing board voted unanimously tonight to certify election results from a March 19 revised tally of votes – subject to their confirmation by a hand count. That means the results still aren’t official and that until and unless there is a hand count – which could take only one day, but must be ordered by a judge – the pre-election council is seated. “What a mess,” Wellington Chamber of Commerce Vice President Victor Connor said as he left the meeting.
The canvassing board’s decision came amid loud boos from a crowd of about 200 people, many of whom clearly supported the revised results and waved bright signs outside city hall reading phrases such as: “Let votes count” and “My village, My voice, My vote.”
A problem with software provided by Dominion Voting Systems caused the wrong totals to be assigned to races.… Both the county elections office and Wellington will file declaratory relief complaints to pursue the hand count. If a hand count doesn’t match the March 19 results, the canvassing board will have to reconvene. At least four lawsuits have been filed regarding the election results.