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Council race will go to a recount

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Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Candidate Tim Judy has requested a recount in the Nov. 2 Rosemount City Council election. Rosemount city staff received a letter requesting the recount shortly before 4 p.m. Nov. 15.

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The margin for the city council race was 26 votes. Judy received 3,410 votes while incumbent Mark DeBettignies, the second place finisher in the election for two seats, received 3,436. The difference in votes between DeBettignies and Judy is only 0.1949 percent, less than a quarter of the one half of 1 percent that is required to be eligible for a recount.

According to Minnesota State Statute a losing candidate in a municipal election may request a recount of the votes cast for the election if the difference is less than one-half of 1 percent of the total votes counted for that office.

In an e-mail, Judy said he feels a recount is justified.

"I worked hard on my campaign and I won the most votes in two precincts, which shows that the people of Rosemount want me at city hall," Judy wrote. "I have been contacted by supporters who were very disappointed that I was not elected and told me they do not want me to give up. I have been told that anything can go wrong on voting day and that with such a narrow margin I am still fair game."

Since the margin was so close the city will be responsible for funding the recount, said communications director Alan Cox.

City clerk Amy Domeier will lead the manual recount of the ballots, which went under lock and key after the original count. The city plans to conduct the recount on Monday. While she thinks it will only take one day, Domeier has set aside two days.

According to the city's website the recount is set by state law and regulations. Six election judges, recruited from those who staffed precincts during the general election on Nov. 2, will conduct the recount by inspecting and sorting individual ballots under the Domeier's supervision.

The recount will check the numbers in the race for second- and third-place. Representatives of those candidates, Mark DeBettignies and Tim Judy, will be allowed to observe and challenge the sorting of the ballots. There will not be a count for the first- and fourth-place candidates. The recount is open to the public.

Final determination of the results of the recount will be made by the Rosemount City Council during a special meeting Nov. 23, at 5 p.m.

For more information visit the city's web site at www.ci.rosemount.mn.us.

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