There will be a recount of the results in the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education race on Dec. 5 to determine who finished third in the contest.

The Summit County Board of Elections on Nov. 28 certified the results of the Nov. 7 election and determined that the Falls School Board race will be subject to a recount.

Three spots on the Falls School Board were up for election. Incumbents Karen Schofield and Kathy Taylor Moffet were the top vote-getters, with 4,090 and 3,548 votes, respectively. Only 62 votes separate third-place finisher Anthony Gomez (3,200) from fourth-place finisher Rob Huffman (3,138).

Paula Sauter, deputy director of the Summit County Board of Elections, said the difference in votes received between Gomez and Huffman is less than one-half of one percent of the votes cast for the candidates who finished from third through seventh in the election. The votes cast for Schofield and Moffet are not included in the formula to determine the necessity for a recount because they were both "clear winners," said Sauter.

In the recount, Sauter said election officials will "hand-count" 5 percent of the votes cast in the school board race and compare it with "the machine-count on election day." If those numbers match, Sauter said all of the ballots for the election will be re-scanned into the machines in the same manner that they were handled on election day. The numbers generated by the re-scanning of all the ballots will be used to determine the recount result.

If the hand-count numbers and machine-count numbers do not match, Sauter said election workers would have to hand-count all of the ballots cast in the race to determine the recount result.

The Board of Elections is planning to certify the results of the recount on Dec. 19, according to Sauter.

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