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2 uncounted ballots could trigger recount in Hayden School Board race

— Uncounted ballots are not expected to change the outcome of Tuesday’s Hayden School Board election, but it could trigger a recount.

Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said Wednesday that there are two Hayden ballots that were not counted because there was something wrong with them. For example, the owner of the ballot might have forgotten to sign it. Letters have been sent to the owners of the two ballots, and they have until Nov. 14 to fix the problem.

Two of the three Hayden School Board seats have been decided, but three votes decide who will take the third seat. Sharon Johnson earned 374 votes, and Medora Fralick received 377 votes. If the gap narrows to two votes, it would trigger a recount, Weinland said.

The two uncounted votes are not expected to affect the other local issue Hayden residents voted on Tuesday. Referendum 5B, a tax increase for the West Routt Fire Protection District, was supported by 50.5 percent of voters in the Hayden area. There were 334 votes cast in support of the referendum and 327 against.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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