Ray DeHahn, alderman for the 7th District for the city of Racine, managed to keep his job by one vote after the ballots were recounted in the election between him and political newcomer Eric Mohr.

The Board of Canvass found on Thursday, April 16 that both wards failed to count the voters who wrote-in DeHahn’s name, but didn’t connect the arrows on the ballot, DeHahn said.

Even though DeHahn has served on the Common Council for the past 10 years, he had to run a write-in campaign because of a campaign filing mishap prevented him from getting his name put on the ballot.

“I call this a landslide,” DeHahn said. “We asked for recount after a lady called me after the election and told me she wrote in her name, but didn’t connect the arrows. ‘I hope it counted,’ she told me. That was the difference between winning and losing.”

Mohr edged out Ray DeHahn by 13 votes; 260 to 247 during the April 7 election. But on Monday, April 13 he asked for a recount of the ballots. DeHahn said that he

“My hand goes out to him,” DeHahn said. “I’d really like to see him get involved on some of the committees we have.”

Mohr is questioning how the extra votes were tallied and if the election workers interpreted the Government Accountability Board rules correctly with regards to voter intent.

“I’ve never seen that many votes swing like that… it doesn’t seem  possible,” he said.

Mohr is considering his options, one of which includes filing an injunction with the Government Accountability Board. He’s also like the state to look into how the votes were tallied and feels he owes it to the people who did vote for him to look into what happened.

“I’m not sure what is included in that process… I don’t know how many votes they can pull out from different places,” Mohr said.

 

 

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