Following a pair of close votes from Essex’s 2021 Town Meeting, two requests to recount the ballots were submitted to the town clerk. The board of civil authority (BCA) is now scheduled to meet Monday, March 8 to review those votes.
Both the votes on the three-year selectboard seat and the votes on the issue of merger will be recounted starting around 9:30 a.m. following a BCA meeting set to begin at 9 a.m. according to the agenda.
The selectboard seat was originally reported as being decided by four votes in favor of Tracey Delphia. Incumbent Elaine Haney filed her request for a recount with the town clerk in the days following Town Meeting.
In the preliminary results released Tuesday night, the town-wide vote on the selectboard’s plan for merger and the charter for the merged community was decided by 17 votes. Members of the public then filed their request for a recount later in the week.
A request for recount on merger that was shared with the Reporter lists Brian Shelden, Rachael Lizotte, Adam Newhard, Athena Newhard, Elizabeth Subin, Scott Moore, Alise Certa, Marcus Certa, Resa Mehren, and Robyn M. Moore as signatories. The request also says that Brian Shelden, who is on the BCA, will recuse himself of his board responsibilities for the recount on merger “so there will be no appearance of conflict.”
“Any vote that was decided by 0.2% should be recounted,” said Shelden. “I'm confident that our excellent town clerk, Susan McNamara-Hill, will perform this recount fairly and in compliance with Vermont Election Law.”
The BCA agenda says the recount will take place at the Town Office at 81 Main Street. Remote access for the meeting will be available through Microsoft Teams with this link. Members of the public can also call into (802) 377-3784 and use the conference ID 254 541 564 for audio only.