8 votes separate Shawnee issue

Request for new money failing, but recount is possible.

Clark-Shawnee’s new operating issue — a 10-year, 7.59-mill levy to raise $2.5 million per year — is likely headed for a recount after being initially rejected by eight votes Tuesday.

State law prohibits local boards of election from counting provisional and late-arriving absentee ballots until 10 days after the election. The time allows provisional voters to provide missing information or absentee voters to correct mistakes made on the identification envelope. A race could be in limbo until May 17 if the number of outstanding ballots to be counted exceeds the margin of victory.

If those votes add up to the issue being rejected by less than one-half of one-percent, an automatic recount will take place, according to Clark County Board of Elections Director Matthew Tlachac. He said there about 70 provisional ballots and 28 absentee ballots for the entire county.

Clark-Shawnee Superintendent Gregg Morris said the schools had a lot of wonderful volunteers on the campaign who did a great job getting information to the public.

“We knew the hill was steep,” Morris said “These aren’t just tough economic times for schools, they’re difficult economic times for our residents and families.”

The district has cut $3.2 million in the last two years. In case the levy failed, Shawnee had already discussed plans for another levy in August.

“We can’t cut our way out of this situation,” Morris said.

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