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Recount confirms results in New Durham and Barnstead


March 19, 2010
NEW DURHAM — Fred March's position on the New Durham Board of Selectmen became official on Friday when a recount, requested by candidate Peter Rhoades, confirmed that March had won the seat.

When the votes were recounted, March finished with 361 tallies, while Rhoades had 292. Bob Kroepel finished with 36 votes. Twenty-two ballots were left blank and there were two write-in votes. In the original tally, March had 362 votes and Rhoades had 290. Kroepel's total did not change.

In Barnstead, a recount took place on Question #4 on the ballot after issues with the town's ballot machine on Election Day. The question, which sought to make revisions to the sign ordinance, had failed by one vote in the original count, but Moderator Bill Gosse alerted the Secretary of State, which recommended a recount due to the ballot machine issue (Gosse had awarded a resident a second vote after the machine malfunctioned and that vote was not counted in the recount).

When the votes were recounted, the question ended in a tie at 320 votes for both sides, thus defeating the article. Though the vote count was different, the outcome was the same.

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