It's official: Kelly Bevans will remain on the Brainerd City Council serving Ward 2 after a recount Monday conducted at the Crow Wing County Land Services Building.
The recount, requested by opponent Ed Shaw, did not change from the numbers in the Nov. 2 general election. Bevans received 345 votes and Shaw received 332 votes, confirming Bevans' 13-vote lead.
"I'm glad it's over," said Bevans. "I was more nervous about the recount than I was on election day."
Shaw said, "I'm glad I did it. It was a close race and you never know."
Shaw, who sought the recount only because of the voting machines which he said can sometimes be wrong, thanked the election judges for their work.
During the nearly two-hour recount, both Bevans and Shaw watched the process by looking over the shoulders of election judges, Doris Sievek and Ben Bedard. Sievek was the head election judge for Ward 2 Precinct 2 and Bedard was head judge for Ward 2 Precinct 1 during the general election.
The judges had to recount 1,084 votes and 407 of those votes were cast for Jan Burton, who also ran for Ward 2, and others. The city's canvassing board must certify the results within two days of the recount.
County Auditor Deborah Erickson said there was one absentee ballot that was misplaced in the wrong box. However that ballot did not change the outcome of the race.
Erickson said the recount went well. Erickson said the recount process affirmed how well the voting machines work and how well the election judges know how to do their job.
Erickson said Shaw is required to pay for the recount. It will cost him about $400-450. State statute on a required recount states that a race must be less than one-half of one percent of the total votes counted for that office. Erickson said the Ward 2 vote was more than 1 percent.