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November 15, 2013

Amesbury mayoral recount slated for Nov. 21

AMESBURY – The Amesbury mayoral recount will take place next Thursday, Nov. 21, at 9 a.m. in the City Hall Auditorium, the City Clerk’s office announced yesterday.

Mayor Thatcher Kezer is seeking a recount of the results of the Nov. 5 election where he was beaten 2,092 to 2,090 by his challenger, Mayor-elect Ken Gray. Kezer is contesting the results of all six districts and is asking that all ballots be counted by hand.

In the immediate aftermath of his defeat, Kezer declared his intention to seek a recount and began collecting signatures from residents around town. Kezer formally submitted his recount petition on Tuesday, and the Board of Registrars subsequently certified those signatures and set the recount date.

Gray, meanwhile, has begun his transition into office and initially urged Kezer to concede the race. When Kezer formally filed for the recount, Gray said that he’s confident that the result of the race will hold and he hopes the recount process will play out smoothly and without controversy.

Over the next week, the city clerk’s office will organize the resources necessary to hold the recount, including a reader, tabulator and runner for each of the six districts, as well as a secretary, police officers and potentially other people to help with crowd control. City Clerk Bonnijo Kitchin estimated the recount would cost $4,000 to $5,000.

During the recount, all of the ballots will be counted by hand, and each candidate will be allowed to witness the recount, along with one or more counsel and a group of “agents” to oversee the process. The candidates will be allowed up to one agent for each officer or clerk reading the ballots or recording the votes, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

The general public will also be allowed into the auditorium, but only authorized personnel will be allowed into the recount area itself, Kitchin said.

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