Rochester select board race recount scheduled

Jun 6, 2022

ROCHESTER – The recount to determine the Rochester select board race has been tentatively set for June 14 at 9 a.m. at the Rochester Senior Center.

The Board of Registrars of Voters met on Monday, June 6, to discuss the date and the plan for the recount.

The date could be subject to change until required notice is given at least three days prior to the recount.

When the vote was taken on May 31, Morse received 582 votes to Murphy’s 580 tally.

Town Clerk Paul Dawson said that when the polls closed, the check-in book and check-out book for voters showed a discrepancy of one vote. Dawson theorized that one vote might have been miscounted.

“It might mean that Morse won by one vote or that he won by three votes. It could also be a blank. We’ll find out in the recount,” said Dawson.

However, the tight margin and the discrepancy with the books are the reasons that Murphy said he was asking for a recount when he filed the petition, which included 24 signatures. Dawson said this was “more than enough.”

Currently, the ballots are sealed and locked away, and on the day of the recount, a police officer will escort Dawson to the Senior Center, where votes will be recounted and tallied. Each campaign is entitled to have observers, who can watch over the recount.

“Once the recount is complete, the registrars will complete a certificate that says the results of the election,” said Dawson.

Dawson, Halima Tiffany and Jordan Latham were present from the board, and all three are required to be available for the recount in order to hold a quorum. Dawson stated that this was because the fourth member of the board, Arthur Smith, would likely be unavailable due to recent personal conflicts.

“It’s been a fun, interesting process starting from being a poll worker all the way to the other side of it,” said Tiffany.