What now for Conklin?
All that stands between Drew Bedwell and a seat on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors is a possible recount request by incumbent Bruce Conklin.
Pending a random hand count to verify the accuracy of computerized ballot scanners, Bedwell currently holds a slim 19-vote lead, according to uncertified final results released by the county Elections Office Monday.
Conklin said Tuesday that a recount is a possibility.
“But it’s too early to tell if we’ll need one or not,” said the guardedly optimistic incumbent. “Following the hand count and in consultation with the campaign crew, we’ll make that determination.”
Though it’s too early to say if a recount will be requested, Conklin said he was encouraged by votes gained through recounts in past county supervisor races.
“We’re just going to watch the whole process and make our decision after the 1 percent” hand count, he said.
In the 1994 District 3 Supervisor’s race, Fran Grattan-Freedle edged out two-term incumbent Jim Weir by 49 votes.
Weir called for a recount, but then later withdrew his request because he wasn’t gaining enough votes, said Grattan-Freedle Tuesday. “He may have gained about 13 votes,” she recalled.
Grattan-Freedle thought it was interesting that a recount is being considered in a race with a 19-vote margin.
“There have been some real close races of three or four votes where the candidates chose not to request a recount,” she said. “But (Conklin) has the right to make that choice.”
The number of votes Weir gained through the 1994 recount was about 20, recalled Paul Matson, Conklin’s campaign manager.
But even if Weir’s recount resulted in just a 13-vote swing in his favor, “that’s still a lot of votes,” said a still optimistic Matson.
“The results are in for the third time and I’m still winning,” said Bedwell of the election-day tally and two canvass updates since that have tabbed him as the top vote getter. He expressed confidence that he will retain his lead, even if there is a recount.
Once the election is certified, any voter or candidate has five days to request a recount. It will probably take the Elections Office until Dec. 3 to certify the election, according to county Clerk-Recorder Lorraine Jewett-Burdick.
Whoever requests a recount pays for it, said Jewett-Burdick. But if the recount reverses the results, the person making the request gets their money back.
Observers from both the Conklin and Bedwell campaigns will be notified when the precinct randomly selected from District 3 – tentatively scheduled for the end of this week or the first of next week – will be hand counted.
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