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Every Vote Counts in Evansdale Mayor Race

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EVANSDALE (KWWL) -

One day after an election, candidates can usually either celebrate or breath a sigh of relief that it's all over-- not so in Evansdale.

"I couldn't believe it. I was shocked," said incumbent Mayor Chad Deutsch.

After months of campaigning, both candidates for Mayor were amazed to turn on the TV Tuesday night and learn the race came down to a matter of one vote.

"The word that comes to mind is gut wrenching. It's... when I got the final call that we were one vote apart, it was just unbelievable," Walker said.

Deutsch came in with 368 votes, Walker with 367. Black Hawk County Auditor Grant Veeder said it's a rare outcome for a major city race.

"Having a one vote difference is pretty unusual," he explained.

The policy in Evansdale is majority rules so there is no run-off to worry about. However, Walker is prepared to ask for a manual recount, which means a board will go through each ballot by hand and evaluate the intent of the voter.

"If you, say, circle the oval, then the machine's not going to count your vote, and it's not supposed to count because it's what the law says. But in a recount, the board is trying to determine the voter's intent," Veeder said. "And so you can see where some votes that wouldn't be picked up by the machine would be counted by the recount board."

Deutsch believes, recount or not, the outcome will remain in his favor.

"One vote or 100, I guess a win's a win. All the absentee ballots are accounted for, and I guess there's no controversy. It's one vote...it's amazing, but it's one vote," Deutsch said .

Walker, on the other hand, is hopeful for a different result. But even if he doesn't win, he's glad he gave it a shot.

"Anybody that thinks that your vote doesn't count, take a look at this one," Walker added.

Tuesday November 15th, the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors will certify the election results. Walker then has three days to file for a recount. The recount much be completed by December 3rd.

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