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Recount in Kalamazoo changes the outcome of a millage vote

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RICHLAND (WKZO) -- There has been a surprise reversal in the Gull Lake School millage vote from late last month.

A recount of the ballots requested by a citizen has turned a 5 vote defeat into a 3 vote victory, all because voters didn’t fill in the dots.

Two dozen ballots were disqualified when they were reviewed by The County Board of Canvassers.

CLerk Tim Snow says voters circled “yes” or “no” instead of filling in the oval next to it.

Snow says the mistakes were all made at the precinct level by election workers who thought they were doing the logical thing.

But Snow says Michigan is not a “voter intent” state and election workers are not allowed to guess the intent of the voter in interpreting their marks on the ballot.

It means the school district will be permitted to assess voters .65 mills for up to nine years to create a sinking fund for school improvements.

The Gull Lake Board has already requested that the identical issue appear on the May ballot.

Snow says he hopes to find out by late Tuesday whether it’s too late to remove the ballot issue. He says he’s not sure if the ballots have already gone to the printers.

 

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