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Fenner election results will come down to absentee ballots

Fenner elections inspector Sharon Schmit prints out the final vote tally at the Fenner town office, which was also Tuesday's town polling place. The election winners may come down to the absentee ballots, since the town supervisor candidates are separated only by 9 votes, and one of the town board seats is separated by only eight votes.

Fenner elections inspector Sharon Schmit prints out the final vote tally at the Fenner town office, which was also Tuesday's town polling place. The election winners may come down to the absentee ballots, since the town supervisor candidates are separated only by 9 votes, and one of the town board seats is separated by only eight votes. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— The expectedly close Fenner elections for town supervisor and two town board seats came out closer than most anticipated, with only nine votes separating the two candidates for supervisor and not even two dozen votes separating the four town council candidates. With 25 absentee ballots out, the unofficial outcome on Tuesday night could change next week when absentee ballots are counted.

The polling place in the Fenner town office was busy all day, with more than 50 percent of registered voters turning out to cast their ballots, according to polling place chair George Schmit. “It was incredible,” he said, adding that his polling place averaged 32 voters per hour from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a huge rush of people came in between 4:30 and 6 p.m.

When the polls closed, 526 votes had been cast in the voting machine out of 1,058 registered voters. Five affidavits and three absentee ballots also were turned in today. There are 25 total absentee ballots out for Fenner and 21 have already been received, according to the Madison County Board of Elections. The other four absentee voters have until Monday, Nov. 11 to return their ballots.

When the ballots were counted shortly after 9 p.m. tonight, current town Councilor David Jones, a Republican, received 259 votes in the race for supervisor, while his opponent, Carl Snow, of the Fenner Neighbor Party, received 250 votes.

In the race for two seats on the town board, the Republican candidates Bill Cody and Hannah Strack, both Republicans, had received the top vote counts with 267 and 255, respectively. The Fenner Neighbor Party candidates Cindy Gavula and Phil Rose received 247 and 245 votes, respectively. With such a slim margin of victory, the absentee ballots, depending on the number submitted, could change the outcomes.

“I’m not real comfortable at this point,” Jones said after reading the initial results in the town office.

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