Treasurer candidate may request a recount
November 3, 2010
One of the closest races in Summit County on Election Day was in the campaign for Summit County treasurer. Just more than 200 votes separated the two candidates.
Now treasurer candidate Henry Glasheen, a Park City Republican, says he is considering requesting a recount.
Most voters in Summit County cast their ballots electronically. Glasheen said he will wait to learn how many paper ballots were submitted at the polls before making his decision.
"If that number is higher than 300 or 400, I may ask for a recount," Glasheen said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "Because they went to paper balloting for a period yesterday I think that there may be a case to examine the race I want to see the numbers before I say anything."
Glasheen said a voter told him several paper ballots were cast when voting machines at the Marsac Building went down for about 30 minutes on Election Day.
Glasheen faced Park City Democrat Corrie Kirklen in the treasurer race. Kirklen received fewer than 51 percent of the votes to defeat Glasheen’s 49 percent.
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Most of Glasheen’s support came from the East Side of Summit County. Kirklen won more of the voting precincts in the Snyderville Basin and Park City.
Glasheen said he should have campaigned more in some West Side neighborhoods.
"That was something we really did not concentrate on," he said. "We thought people would get more interested in the county races I overestimated how interested people would be in the county races."
Kirklen said she was satisfied with the support she received from East Side voters.
"He won all of the East Side precincts except for, I think, Kamas East," Kirklen said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "I was hoping for 30 to 40 percent of the East Side precincts and I was able to accomplish that. But it was a very tight race."
She praised Glasheen for mounting a competitive campaign.
"I think Mr. Glasheen and I both ran strong, clean races, and I respect him as an opponent," Kirklen said. "But I’m glad in this case that it went my way I’m very happy with the opportunity to serve and I’m looking forward to getting started."
There are 42 voting precincts in Summit County and state law requires the difference in votes in the treasurer race to be within 42 for a candidate to request a recount, according to Chief Deputy Summit County Clerk Ryan Cowley.
Cowley said about 276 provisional and 11 absentee ballots have not yet been counted.
"There were no issues with voting machines being down and paper ballots being issued in their place," Cowley said.