Lawrence schools recounting votes

A recount is under way in the Lawrence school district to find the winner of last week's election in a three-way race for school board.

Nassau County Board of Elections chief clerk Bonnie Garone confirmed that Lawrence school officials had asked for the voting machines to be made available for a recount. At least one recanvass of the votes has been made and possibly a second.

Nassau's Board of Elections does not count the votes; the school district's clerk tallies them.


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Tuesday, Superintendent Gary Schall wrote in an email that "the count is being verified by the Board of Elections and the District Clerk. No official numbers have been given yet."

Candidate Jesse Lunin-Pack, who did not return calls Tuesday, confirmed last week that there was a recount and referred questions to a statement posted on his Facebook page.

In the statement, he said that candidate Tova Plaut had pulled before him by 37 votes. He said he had been leading by hundreds of votes on election night, but the count did not match what poll watchers, including his own, had found, and a recount was requested, he said.

"This is a very narrow margin," he said of the 37-vote separation. "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."

When reached by phone, Plaut declined to comment.

On May 21, district officials reported that Lunin-Pack had 1,410 votes, Plaut had 1,104 and another candidate, Dov Herman, had 840.

Lunin-Pack said he will look into asking for an investigation into what happened.

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