The Brainerd lakes area could see a repeat of what happened in the 2000 presidential election between George Bush and Al Gore.
Marv Begin, leader of the bond opposition group and former school board candidate, said he is not sure whether he will ask for a recount for the $59.9 million building bond that voters passed by just 97 votes Tuesday.
People who want to request a recount must do so within seven days after the school board canvasses the vote, which was today.
Roy Luukkonen, Crow Wing County auditor, said by state law if the margin between the yes and no votes is less than a half percent of the people who voted, the school district would have to pay for a recount.
Since the margin was greater than a half percent, the person requesting a recount needs a signed petition of 25 people or more.
Begin said it would be no problem to get the signatures for the petition. The problem is finances.
State law reads that if a person asks for a recount, he or she must file for a surety bond of at least $5,000 to provide security for costs to the entity that will conduct the recount, which would be the school district. The person also would be obligated to pay any additional cost that would be incurred by the district if the bond issue is delayed.
The court may waive the bond requirement if it finds a reasonable likelihood that the person will prevail and if it imposes an undue hardship.
Steve Dickinson, school district business manager, said a typical election costs around $8,000 to $10,000.
Costs for a recount would include paying the election judges for their time. The school district had 43 judges for the election. The eight head judge were paid $8 an hour and the other judges were paid $7 an hour.
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