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Nov 5, 2015 11:19 AM

Charter vote may be headed to recount in Dover, passed by 6 votes

DOVER — A charter question that passed by six votes on Tuesday may be headed for a recount.

According to, passage of Question 1 restored ward-based elections for six of the seven school board seats instead of the existing system, where all school board members were chosen through a citywide election. The citywide elections were adopted into the charter in 2007.

Jan Nedelka, a former city councilor who led the “No” campaign to keep the citywide elections for the school board, is thinking about requesting a recount.

“I did talk to the city clerk this morning to understand what the process is and I have done some homework on how counting machines count ballots and votes, " he said. “At this moment, I don’t know.”

Councilor Catherine Cheney, who led the “Yes” campaign predicted a recount would only confirm the results from Election Day.

“Recounts are expensive and time consuming,” she said. “The machines are calibrated and I don’t know that there is a recount necessary.”

At least 10 Dover voters must sign a petition requesting a recount within seven days of the election to begin the recount process, City Clerk Karen Lavertu said Wednesday.

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