A recount of votes in one of the three Lawrence Board of Education races now has Tova Plaut, center, in the lead over Jesse Lunin-Pack, left. Dov Herman, right, finished third with 840 votes.
A recount of votes in the Lawrence school board race between Jesse Lunin-Pack and Tova Plaut has Plaut in the lead now by 37 votes, according to a statement released by Lunin-Pack. Tuesday's election results had Lunin-Pack ahead by 426 votes. Dov Herman, who also ran to replace Dr. Solomon Blisko on the board, received 840 votes. Blisko declined to run for re-election.
"This is a very narrow margin. We are currently waiting for a count of how many absentee and provisional paper ballots were cast. If it is more than the margin of victory, then these ballots will need to be counted. This may take some time as each provisional ballot will need to be investigated to see if the voter was indeed entitled to vote," Lunin-Pack said in a written statement. He doesn't think the results will be certified until after the holiday weekend.
"That being said, we need to recognize that there is a very real chance that my victory will be overturned, and Tova Plaut will be declared the winner," he added.
Plaut said, she will not comment until the results are official.
Superintendent Gary Schall said that ther voting machines were impounded after iit was learned that there might have been a discrepancy in the counting of the votes.