Jacksonville council race will remain in limbo until recount

JACKSONVILLE — A three-vote margin in the race for a City Council seat will bring an automatic recount that probably won't occur until the second or third week in December.

Final unofficial results for the Nov. 4 election posted by the Jackson County Clerk's Office Tuesday show Dan Winterburn with 618 votes, or 14.63 percent of the total, and incumbent Donna Schatz with 615 votes, or 14.56 percent.

Automatic recounts are triggered when two candidates are within one-fifth of 1 percent of total votes cast for both, said Donna Connor, elections deputy. In the Schatz-Winterburn race that figure is 2.466 votes, which is rounded up to three votes, triggering the recount, according to Connor.

County officials will certify final results on Monday. The automatic recount will probably take place in the second of third week of December, Connor said. County officials must first do hand recounts of three races in two precincts to verify results.

Council members are elected at large in Jacksonville, with the top three vote getters securing four-year terms. Linda Meyers topped with field with 776 votes, followed by Paul Becker with 653. Besides those elected, another council member will be appointed in January when current Councilman Bruce Garrett resigns to take over as mayor.

— Tony Boom

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