Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cheshire Election Deadlock Still Unresolved

Almost 24 hours after the race for Cheshire's 4th District Town Council seat between Peter Talbot (shown at left) and Steve Carroll (right) ended in a dead heat, it's still not clear when we will have a definitive answer on who the winner is.

Talbot, who is a Democrat, said Wednesday night he has been told that a review of the calculations done by election workers found two votes cast for him at the Norton School polling place that were not counted Tuesday night.

But Talbot said he's still waiting to find out when a full-fledged recount will take place. All of the ballots cast in the race will be rescanned through a voting machine when that happens.

"This is a real roller coaster ride," Talbot said.

Democratic Town Committee Chairman Ernie DiPietro said he hasn't heard when and recount would take place. DiPietro said he expects that decision will be made Thursday.

Further complicating scheduling a recount is the fact that all municipal government offices will be closed on Friday in honor of Veteran's Day, he said.

Neither Carroll nor Republican Town Committee Adam Grippo were available for comment on the recount Wednesday evening.

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