HERMON, Maine — Town Council candidate Brooke Green has requested a recount of Tuesday’s municipal election during which voters selected two other candidates to vacant seats.
The recount will be done by hand on Monday, June 15, Hermon Town Clerk Carol Davis said Thursday.
Among four candidates vying for two Town Council positions, Donald Shepley received the most votes with 222 followed by Donna Pulver at 214, then Green at 199. Former Councilor Louis “Buzzy” LaChance received 141 votes.
Although the vote was not within the margin to mandate a recount, Davis said, anyone can request the action.
The recount will not affect Ruth Nickerson and Shelley Snow, who ran unopposed and were elected to open seats on the town’s school committee.
Later this year, Hermon residents also will revisit an amendment to the town’s constitution to allow for absentee voting. That measure failed this week because not enough voters turned out. Changes to the town charter require at least 30 percent turnout, based on the most recent gubernatorial election.
This year, 624 people would have had to vote in order for the article to pass and only 430 turned out.
Last fall, Hermon residents turned out in large numbers to vote not to amend the town charter to allow residents not just councilors to fire the town manager. Voters also shot down a proposal to build a $6.5 million community center.