Former Caseyville mayor requests election recount

News-DemocratMay 3, 2013 

George Chance, who was unseated by four votes in the Caseyville mayoral race, has asked for a discovery recount.

The recount in the Chance-Black race is set for 9 a.m. Monday at St. Clair County Clerk Bob Delaney's office in the St. Clair County Building.

The recount process should last about two hours, Delaney said.

Chance lost 576-572 to Leonard "Len" Black in the April 9 election.

Chance had been mayor of Caseyville for 27 years. Black previously served as Caseyville village clerk.

On election night, Chance trailed by 12 votes.

Two weeks after the election, Chance gained eight votes when the clerk's office counted provisional, challenged and late-arriving absentee ballots.

Chance asked for a recount of ballots from two precincts, Delaney said. The village of Caseyville has 12 precincts.

The outcome of the discovery recount will not overturn official election results, Delaney said.

The purpose of the discovery recount is for Chance to see if he has any evidence to officially contest election results by filing for a court hearing with the St. Clair County Circuit Clerk.

Delaney said candidates have until the end of Monday to request a discovery recount. Candidates have to pay $10 for each precinct they ask to recount and they can recount up to four precincts.

So far, the other candidate to ask for a discovery recount is Dorothy Meyer, who ran to be re-elected as Belleville Ward 2 alderman.

Meyer lost by two votes, 316-314, to Janet Kay Schmidt.

Meyer had 313 votes on election night and picked up one vote after the challenged and late ballots were counted. The recount in this race will be 3 p.m. Monday.

In another close Belleville City Council race, Tim Carpenter, who was the Ward 4 incumbent, lost by three votes, 289-286, to Johnnie Anthony.

Anthony had 287 votes on election night and later picked up two votes.

The recount in this race will be 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Contact reporter Jacqueline Lee at jlee@bnd.com or 239-2655. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/BNDBelleville.

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