Utah County election officials say that unless uncounted absentee ballots result in a dramatic change in vote tallies there will be no recount in Nebo School District Precinct 3.
Unofficial returns show James W. Dunn defeating Jacky H. Caras by 23 votes to earn a seat on the Nebo School Board.But because of the close margin some expect Caras to ask for a recount. However, election officials said that law allows recounts only when the margin is less than or equal to one vote for every voting district. Precinct 3 has seven voting districts.
Absentee ballots that were postmarked by Nov. 5 and are received by Monday could change the final tally. But election officials said it is unlikely that the absentee ballots will reduce the margin to seven or less.
Election officials also said that rumors that Caras' name was left off some ballots is untrue. A canvas of ballots showed Caras' name was listed on all ballots within Precinct 3.
Some Spanish Fork voters called the election office and said they could not find Caras' name on the ballot, but those calls came from voters not in Precinct 3. Precinct 3 is made up of the Benjamin-Lake Shore voting district, and Spanish Fork district's 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7.
One voting district in Spanish Fork did have incorrect ballots. At about 10 a.m. Tuesday the voting district reported that its ballots did not list the names of the State School Board District 9 candidates. So election officials instructed the district to inform voters of the error and ask them to write in the candidate of their choice.
If the results had been close, election officials would have asked for a special election. But Harold S. Jensen easily defeated John H. Millecam.