Recount of Community Bill of Rights’ votes warrants no change

Ballots are recounted in Struthers for mayoral race, FrackFree Mahoning Valley asks for recount on their issue.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Community Bill of Rights picked up 13 more “yes” votes during a hand recount of the issue on Tuesday.

The additional votes were not enough to warrant the amendment’s passage, however. Although close, it was the fifth time that the anti-fracking charter amendment has been turned down by Youngstown voters.

The Mahoning County Board of Elections says that there were 6,151 “no” votes, compared to 5,852 votes of approval. On Election Night, a total of 6,143 “no” votes and 5,839 “yes” votes were counted.

The extra votes are due to provisional ballots, which were counted on Tuesday.

FrackFree Mahoning Valley, which put the initiative on the ballot, asked for a recount, questioning whether vote counting was accurate. The group had to pay $2,475 for the hand recount of the approximately 12,000 ballots.

Mahoning County Board of Elections Chairman Mark Munroe said previously that it would not be unusual for the numbers to change slightly, but he did not expect a large variation.

It was the first time Mahoning County has recounted paper ballots in more than 20 years.

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