City of Rochester Expects to Conduct Keno Ballot Recount
ROCHESTER — The Rochester City Manager, Daniel Fitzpatrick, announced that the City Clerk's office will conduct a recount of the ballots casted on the Keno question at a special City Council meeting next week.
The ballot question, which if successful would allow Keno sales in state licensed pouring establishments, passed by one vote: 1,036-1,035 — on Nov. 7.
The city has received thirteen written requests for a recount, and it is anticipating receiving a petition signed by enough voters to require a recount.
According to NH state law, a recount will be held within 15 days of the election if 25 registered voters petition for one.
The recount will be held on Nov. 22 at 10:30 a.m. in the City Council Chambers. State Rep. Matthew Scruton, a Rochester resident, has paid the required $25 fee.
"Above all, we are committed to ensuring that the ballots were counted correctly and that the will of Rochester's voters, regardless of the margin, is respected," said City Manager Fitzpatrick. "We are deferring to the state law on recounts, but we expect that one will be conducted and that we'll know for certain whether or not the ballot question passed."