A scheduled recount in the mayor’s race was canceled Thursday in West Liberty, where just one vote presently separates the incumbent mayor and her challenger.
Mayor Rosie Miller said town officials learned they must first conduct an official canvass of ballots before any recounting of votes can occur. That canvass is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday. Once the canvass is complete, candidates have 48 hours in which to call for a recount, she said.
Following municipal elections Tuesday, just one vote separated incumbent Miller, who received 28 votes, and her challenger, Cindy Johnson, who had 27. There are no outstanding votes, according to Miller.
“They disqualified one ballot,” she said of poll workers. “That’s because somebody wrote in ‘Barack Obama.’ But I think that ballot was only disqualified for the mayor’s vote.”