The saying “every vote counts” could never be more true right now in a race for the Haverhill Town Council where one vote separates the two candidates.
Incumbent Daniel Sohn trails challenger Ray Caranci 153-152. A state mandated automatic recount took place Friday because the contest was so close.
It did not change the result. According to Sohn though there may still be one overseas ballot left out there.
Sohn said he was informed Friday of the overseas ballot. “[It’s from] a member of our military who proudly calls Haverhill home,” Sohn said. Sohn said according to the law as long as the ballot is received by March 27 it will be counted.
If the vote goes to Sohn the race may head to a runoff election. According to a City ordinance if no one receives a majority, a runoff election would be held 14 days after the first election. However, that would be unlikely to happen if the ballot was received on March 27, since the election would have to take place by March 31.
It’s unclear what might happen in that case. “One vote can decide whether or not we head to a run off,” Sohn said. “This is literally a nail biter.”
State law though has a different way of dealing with tie votes, which states “such persons shall draw lots to determine who shall be elected to the office.”“No matter the result, I hope you will join me in allowing democracy to work,” Sohn said.
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