Alton mayor to request ballot review; referendum still tied

News-DemocratApril 23, 2013 

— Mayor Tom Hoechst said he intends to request a ballot review in his apparent defeat in the April 9 election.

In the official tallies announced Tuesday, Hoechst received 1,779 votes, while challenger Brant Walker received 1,853 write-in votes for mayor of Alton.

With a margin of fewer than 100 votes, Hoechst said it was "proper procedure" to file a request for discovery with the Madison County Clerk's office for a review of 25 percent of the ballots, which would decide whether a full recount is warranted.

Walker said he respected Hoechst's right to ask for a recount, but pointed out that the certified ballots show that he received the majority of votes cast on April 9. There were no changes between the results announced on Election Day and the certified totals announced Tuesday, according to Madison County Clerk Debra Ming-Mendoza.

Meanwhile, one Madison County ballot question remains undecided. After the absentee and provisional ballots were counted, the Fort Russell referendum on opting out of electrical choice was a tie: 300 votes in favor, 300 votes against. While candidates usually resolve a tie with a coin flip, Ming-Mendoza said, no one is quite sure what happens when a referendum is tied. She said the county's legal counsel is researching the issue.

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