More Details: Recount Possible in Close City Council Race

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections will call recount if numbers are still close in Cleveland Heights once provisional ballots are in

A recount of the .

Three four-year seats this election year. Incumbent was the clear winner, snagging 6,947 votes, from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

But the second and third place winners, incumbent and challenger , have only nine votes separating them, receiving 6,281 and 6,272 respectively. And Jeff Coryell is just 54 votes behind Dunbar at 6,218.

“We’re going to looking at provisional ballots to see if there’s enough votes to make a difference,” said Mike West, spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. "You can’t call for a recount until we have the official results.”

The final results and dates and times of all automatic recounts will be released Nov. 29.

Ohio law dictates an automatic recount in municipal elections if the difference between votes cast for the declared winning candidate and the declared losing candidate is equal to or less than .5 percent of the total votes cast on the race or issue.

Looking at the numbers as they stand, a recount is likely. Evans received 19.73 percent of the vote, Dunbar received 19.70 percent and Coryell received 19.53 percent.

“Obviously I did hope to win outright. Getting so many votes that it’s close is better than getting less votes than that," Coryell said. "I’m honored and pleased that I got so much support ... We have to wait for the Board of Elections to follow their procedures."

Dunbar said she didn't think the numbers would change much because she heard there weren't many provisional ballots.

"I think it’s probably going to stay the way it is. I would be very surprised if Phyllis and I didn’t end up being the winners."

Cleveland Heights City Council Results. Wilcox, Evans, Dunbar Win


Number of votes

Jeff Coryell


Mary Dunbar


Phyllis Evans


Mike Gaynier


Keba Sylla        


Dennis Wilcox


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Monique November 10, 2011 at 03:42 AM
Proof that your vote counts!
Michelle Simakis November 10, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Very true!


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