Democrat Louis Salvati's victory over Republican Brett Luzader in the Reynoldsburg City Council Ward 2 race on the Nov. 5 ballot has been certified by the Franklin County Board of Elections, spokesman Aaron Sellers said Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Correction: An earlier version of this story included Franklin County results only and an inaccurate statement from the Franklin County Board of Elections that the Reynoldsburg City Council Ward 2 race would be the subject of an automatic recount.

Democrat Louis Salvati's victory over Republican Brett Luzader in the Reynoldsburg City Council Ward 2 race on the Nov. 5 ballot has been certified by the Franklin County Board of Elections, spokesman Aaron Sellers said Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Salvati earned 1,058 votes (50.29%) and Luzader had 1046 (49.71%), a margin of 12 votes. Those totals include results from the Franklin and Licking county boards of elections.

Even though a Nov. 22 press release from the Franklin County Board of Elections reported the race would be the subject of an automatic recount, Sellers confirmed Nov. 26 that would not be the case.

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.

In this race, the one-half of 1% would be 10.52 votes; thus, a recount is not mandated.

However, according to Sellers, Luzader has the ability to request and pay for a recount, at the cost of $60 a precinct.

The reason for the board's Nov. 22 release stating the race would be subject to a recount was because of unofficial results from Election Night, Sellers said.

The unofficial results from Nov. 5 had Luzader with a 1,042 to 1,040 (50.05% to 49.95%) margin after the results from Licking County were added to Franklin County’s, he said. That margin would have resulted in a mandatory recount.

“Once provisional and additional absentee votes were added to the unofficial results from both Franklin and Licking, it moved it out of recount margin, as well as changed the outcome of the race,” Sellers said.

Sellers said it was an “oversight” that the race was included in the Nov. 22 release of five county races that had mandatory recounts.

According to official results the board of elections released Nov. 22, Republican Brett Luzader had 912 votes (51.53%) and Democrat Louis Salvati had 858 votes (48.47%).

In the Licking County portion of Reynoldsburg, the vote totals were 134 votes (40.12%) for Luzader and 200 votes (59.88%) for Salvati, according to results on the Licking County Board of Elections website.

Four recounts are scheduled for county races: Prairie Township fiscal officer, Hilliard school board, Urbancrest Village Council and Worthington City Council.

The recount is scheduled to begin Dec. 2 at the Franklin County Board of Elections office, 1700 Morse Road in Columbus, according to the board of elections.

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Democrat Louis Salvait’s victory over Republican Brett Luzader in the Reynoldsburg City Council Ward 2 race has been certified by the Franklin County Board of Elections, spokesman Aaron Sellers said Nov. 26.

Salvati earned  1,058 votes (50.29%) and Luzader had 1046 (49.71%).

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.

In this race, the one-half of 1% would be 10.52 votes; thus, a recount is not mandated. According to Sellers, Luzader has the ability to request and pay for a recount, at the cost of $60 a precinct.

Sellers said the unofficial results from Nov. 5 had Luzader with a 1,042-1,040 (50.05%-49.95%) margin once the results from Licking County were added to Franklin County’s. That margin would have resulted in a mandatory recount.

“Once provisional and additional absentee votes were added to the unofficial results from both Franklin and Licking, it moved it out of recount margin as well changed the outcome of the race,” Sellers said.

Sellers said it was an “oversight” that the race was included in the Nov. 22 release of five county races that had mandatory recounts because it had such a close margin on election night.

 

lcochran@thisweeknews.com

@TWLeeCochran