Katzman seeks recount in three-vote Portsmouth council loss

Len Katzman (center top) watches as votes are compiled at Portsmouth Democratic headquarters on election night. Len Katzman (center top) watches as votes are compiled at Portsmouth Democratic headquarters on election night.

Len Katzman (center top) watches as votes are compiled at Portsmouth Democratic headquarters on election night.

PORTSMOUTH — Democrat Leonard Katzman asked Friday for a recount in the Portsmouth Town Council race that left him in the eighth spot of a seven-seat race behind Republican Liz Pedro.

He had been leading before the count of absentee ballots.

His statement reads:

“At about 1 p.m. today I filed a formal request for a recount in the Portsmouth Town Council race.  As of the final tally of the race, including paper ballots, I trail the last winning candidate by only three votes.

I believe that our optical scanner voting system is very robust and accurate and therefore I do not expect the recount to result in any major change in outcome.  Nonetheless, on occasion some variance does occur.  I have been contacted by many Portsmouth citizens and they have urged me to seek a recount.  I believe I owe it to my supporters to do so.  This will allow Portsmouth voters to remain confident in the integrity of the election process.

Regardless of the outcome, I want to thank all who supported my candidacy.  Thanks are also due to the Canvasser’s Office for a well-run election.”

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  1. Bill Carson said:

    The votes will be recounted on Friday Nov 16 at noon ! Rhode Island has had broken voter machines ,ballots brought to the wrong towns and people waiting hours in line .It’s almost like voting in a third world country .

    Looks like a tough wait for any Republicans in Rhode Island ! They could always find a few ballots stuck in one of those broken machines.

    The chain of custody and the total number of votes cast should be the main topic during the recount !

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