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Butler County Board of Supervisors race comes down to one vote


ALLISON (KWWL) -- It's a race, literally decided by one vote.

"We frequently have this kind of race, these results happen in City Council, School Board, Township races all the time. We've even had to pull a name out of a hat," said Butler County Auditor Holly Fokkena.

There will be no pulling names out of hats for this battle. Right now, nearly eight hundred Republican ballots are sealed and ready for a recount. The unofficial tally shows 399 of them supporting Tom Heidenwirth, 398 for John Zimmerman. As for any absentee votes, they won't change the final count.

"There's nine ballots floating around somewhere out there, however, in this race, they'll have no impact," said Fokkena.

That's because the ballots are not from County Supervisor District Two. So the only votes in play are already in house.

"This result is not going to change. You know, you never say never, but I don't see how it could," Fokkena noted.

Then there is the case of the write-in vote. Zimmerman got at least one, but, unfortunately for him, it was on the Democratic ballot. Where it counts, on the Republican ballot, only one name was penciled in.

"Ron Paul received a vote. I'm sure he'd love to move to Butler County," joked Fokkena.

Not quite Mickey Mouse, but an unlikely option to say the least. It just goes to show, one person can really make a difference.

"Absolutely every vote counts. People get disillusioned with this process when they see the large races, the federal races. But in local politics, every vote counts. So it's important for people to come out and let their voice be heard," Fokkena said.

On June 15th, the Board of Supervisors will canvass the results. This involves going through the tallies from each of the polling sites. At that point, Zimmerman has three days to request a recount. Then the actual ballots are unsealed, and a three-person committee will go over each vote.

Fokkena believes Zimmerman will ask for a recount before the deadline. She pointed out, he could still run in November as a "no party" candidate.

"I think both candidates are aware of the fact that there's probably no finality now. This race will continue on. And I think that's a good thing for local politics."

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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