Ex-Caseyville mayor, Belleville alderman want votes reviewed

News-DemocratMay 3, 2013 

George Chance, who was unseated by four votes in the Caseyville mayoral race, and Tim Carpenter, who lost his seat on the Belleville City Council, have both filed for discovery recounts.

The recount in the Chance-Leonard "Len" Black race is set for 9 a.m. Monday and the recount for the Carpenter-Johnnie Anthony race is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday 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 Black in the April 9 election.

Carpenter, also an incumbent, lost by three votes, 289-286, to Anthony in the Ward 4 race. Anthony had 287 votes on election night and later picked up two votes.

Carpenter announced Friday evening that he has asked for a recount and review of votes cast in Belleville Precinct 15.

"When you initially lose by one vote, you owe it to those that supported and volunteered for you to ask for a recount," Carpenter said in a released statement. "Ballots are processed electronically, and anything is possible with potential mechanical error."

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 or Carpenter to see if they have 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.

Carpenter also said he was at the St. Clair County Courthouse on election day and thoroughly reviewed the entire absentee ballot process.

"Based on my notes during the process and review of public election files, I saw issues that appear to be irregular that must be explored," he said in a released statement.

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.

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

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