At least 14 ballots remaining to be counted could have a big impact on Tuesday's Little Compton Town Council election, which according to votes counted so far, leaves incumbent Democrat Andrew …
At least 14 ballots remaining to be counted could have a big impact on Tuesday's Little Compton Town Council election, which according to votes counted so far, leaves incumbent Democrat Andrew Iriarte-Moore two votes shy of a seat.
As of Wednesday afternoon, unofficial state numbers showed Moore in sixth position in the five-person race, two votes behind fifth place finisher Maureen R. Rego, a Republican.
However, the standings could change by Thursday. Town clerk Carol Wordell said 14 drop box ballots that remained uncounted at the 8 p.m. close of voting Tuesday were sent to the state Wednesday morning. They had not been counted as of 3 p.m. Wednesday.
In addition, Wordell said there is no way of knowing whether all of Little Compton's mail ballots have been added to the results. She said the state will begin certifying election results Thursday morning.
If the results stand as is, incumbent Republican councilors Robert Mushen, the current president, vice president Gary Mataronas and Paul Golembeske will return to the council, as will incumbent Democrat Patrick McHugh and Rego.
Unofficial vote totals as of 3 p.m. Wednesday:
Robert L. Mushen (R): 1,143 votes (12.9 percent)
Gary S. Mataronas (R): 1,111 votes (12.6 percent)
Paul J. Golembeske (R): 1,094 (12.4 percent)
Patrick A. McHugh (D): 1,090 votes (12.3 percent)
Maureen R. Rego (R): 969 votes (11 percent)
Andrew W. Iriarte-Moore (D): 967 (10.9 percent)
Polly G. Allen (I): 849 (9.6 percent)
Mikel A. Folcarelli (I): 847 (9.6 percent)
David A. Beauchemin (R): 744 (8.4 percent)
Write-ins: 27 (.3 percent).