The November election results in five close contests, including the defeated Akron school levy and two mayoral races, will stand after a recount of ballots Friday at the Summit County Board of Elections confirmed the outcomes.
The Akron school levy failed Nov. 8 by only 203 votes, enough to warrant an automatic recount because the difference between winning and losing was less than one-half of 1 percent of all votes cast.
Officials count ballots by hand representing 5 percent of the electorate, which were chosen by randomly selecting precincts. The hand-counts showed the same results as the machine count, board Director Ron Koehler said.
The staff then counted all the ballots from the district's 151 precincts using the machines. The gap narrowed to 197 after the recount, Koehler said Friday night.
The district will try again for new tax money in the primary election next spring.
An automatic recount of the Norton at-large council race turned up the same vote totals as the official results for the top four candidates: Dennis McGlone beat Danny Grether by 13 votes for the third of three spots. The fifth- and sixth-place finishers in the at-large race each picked up a missed vote in the recount.
The automatic recount of the Stow-Munroe Falls school board race extended Karen Powers' lead over Patricia Matthews by 43 votes for the third of three spots. Part of the district overlaps with Portage County, which confirmed its official result Thursday, keeping Matthews ahead of Powers by a single vote out of 109 cast there.
Northfield Mayor Victor Milani and Sylvia Hanneken, a Macedonia mayoral candidate, requested paid recounts from the Summit County elections board.
Milani lost to challenger Jesse Nehez, a Northfield councilman, by 105 votes in the Nov. 8 election, while Hanneken was defeated by two-term Mayor Donald Kuchta by 47 votes, according to official election results. Recounts showed the same outcomes.
The recounts cost $55 per precinct.
Milani asked for a recount of the entire village; Hanneken requested a recount of just Precinct B.
Beacon Journal staff writer Phil Trexler contributed to this report. John Higgins can be reached at 330-996-3792 or firstname.lastname@example.org.