The Worthington City Council race will be the subject of an automatic recount, according to a press release from the Franklin County Board of Elections on Nov. 22.

Three council seats were up for election Nov. 5.

According to official results the board of elections released Nov. 22, Bonnie Michael led the field with 1,730 votes (11.98%); Peter Bucher received 1,613 votes (11.17%) and Doug Smith had 1,497 (10.37%).

But Doug Foust and Seth Kraut were right behind Smith, both with 1,496 votes (10.36%). Foust had been one vote ahead of Smith on Nov. 5, with Kraut trailing by single digits.

Michael, Foust and Smith currently hold the three seats.

In Ohio, recounts are mandatory when the difference between a winning candidate and the candidate with the next highest number of certified votes is less than one-half of 1% of the total votes cast for that ballot question, according to guidelines from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.

The recount is scheduled to begin Dec. 2 at the Franklin County Board of Elections office, 1700 Morse Road in Columbus, the press release said.

Three other recounts are expected for county races: the Hilliard City Schools board, Prairie Township fiscal officer and Urbancrest Village Council.

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