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Local levies hanging on final ballots

By John Published: May 8, 2011

By John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writer

Three area school districts with levies that narrowly passed or were defeated in Tuesday's primary won't know if the money's in the bank until the official counts are certified later this month.

Highland and Mogadore won in squeakers, and Rootstown barely lost, but there are potential votes still to be counted. Absentee ballots that are postmarked no later than May 2 and arrive within 10 days will be included in the official count.

Provisional ballots cast by voters whose eligibility could not be confirmed on Election Day will be counted if eligibility is established.

Here's where things stand now in each of the districts:

• Highland schools passed its levy by 11 votes. The Medina County Board of Elections has 27 provisional ballots. The victory based on the votes counted so far would trigger an automatic recount, because it's less than one half of 1 percent of all votes cast.

A Highland school board member received an email with a bogus story about
how the district's narrow win in Tuesday's election already has been reversed because of a count of provisional ballots.

Although the story appears to be written by an Akron Beacon Journal staffer, the story is a fake.

Late-arriving absentee ballots and eligible provisional ballots won't be counted until Medina County certifies its election on May 18.

County elections officials also are watching the Medina Township police levy, which passed by just two votes.

• Mogadore, mostly in Summit County, is clinging to an eight-vote victory, which wouldn't trigger an automatic recount based on the total vote count of 1,144 between Summit and Portage counties.

Summit has 11 provisional ballots that must be examined. Portage County has no provisional ballots for Mogadore, but might have some absentees to count.

Summit and Portage counties will certify their election May 24.

• Rootstown in Portage County lost by 21 votes, but 33 provisional votes must be tallied, plus late-arriving absentees.

John Higgins can be reached at 330-996-3792 or Read the education blog at



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