FRAMINGHAM – Although election day was Tuesday, November 2, one race could come down to a recount.
City Council Vice Chair Adam Steiner won the District 3 City Council race by just two votes over challenger Mary Kate Feeney, 997-995.
The votes are unofficial until the City Clerk certifies them. Feeney has 10 days to decide if she will request a recount, under Massachusetts state law. There is no automatic recount in the City of Framingham for any race when the difference is less than 10 votes.
The two candidates split the Precincts.
Steiner won Precinct 4 583 to 539 votes.
Feeney, who is vice chair of the Framingham SIFOC, won Precinct 7 456 to 414 votes.
“As you have probably seen, the unofficial City of Framingham results have me winning my race by 2 votes 997-995. I’m thankful for your support but awaiting word on whether my opponent will seek a recount. I will keep you updated on any developments as they occur,” wrote Steiner on his campaign social media account.
“What a day! Thank you to all of my supporters. It is clear our message resonated and that people are seeking change. While the unofficial results are razor tight, they have the result as 995-992 with me down by 3 votes against the incumbent Vice Chair of the Council. A recount is likely. So stay tuned. Win or lose your message to reform the way we do business was heard loud and clear,” wrote Feeney on her campaign social media account before the City Clerk released unofficial election results.
Feeney went from 3 votes down at 9 p.m. on election night to just two votes down at 10;15 p.m. when the Spicer administration finally released unofficial election results to the media and the public.
There were 6 write-in votes in District 3 and 130 blank votes according to the unofficial results. the machines could have read a ballot as a blank, thus why a candidate could choose a recount and request the ballots be inspected by hand.
It is unknown how many absentee or mail-in ballots were received for this race, but they were counted in the final election results if received by 8 p.m. on November 2.