FRAMINGHAM – A recount of the ballot for District 3 City Council has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 16.
City Council Vice Chair Adam Steiner won a very narrow victory over SIFOC Vice Chair Mary Kate Feeney on election day, Tuesday, November 2.
Steiner received 997 votes and Feeney 995 votes, a 2-vote difference, per the unofficial results.
Feeney filed for a recount and the City Clerk announced late Friday that it has been scheduled for 9 a.m. in Nevins Hall at on Tuesday, November 16.
“Board of Registrars have timely received petitions for the District 3 City Council race for precinct 4 and precinct 7 voted on at the city election held on November 2, 2021. The Board of Registrars have certified that the petitions for precincts 4 and 7 contain a sufficient number of
signatures of voters and therefore have scheduled a recount,” wrote the City Clerk Lisa Ferguson to both Feeney and Steiner.
Under Commonwealth Law, both candidates can be present to witness the recount, with their attorneys.
The City Clerk’s office will have “6 teams of two people — one reading and one recording votes cast — in addition to one tally clerk and two runners,” for the recount.
Both Steiner and Feeney can designate up to 13 individuals to participate in the recount proceedings.
Like the recount when the NOT this Charter group challenged the City vs Town vote in 2017, the only people who can touch the ballots during the recount will be City Clerk officials and the Board of Registrars.
The public may attend but in a select viewing area. Per the order of Mayor Yvonne Spicer, all who attend the 9 a.m. recount must wear a mask while in the Memorial Building.