Town Council recount date postponed by Board of Elections

Town Council recount date postponed by Board of Elections

SMITHFIELD - A recount scheduled for the Smithfield Town Council on Nov. 13 has been postponed, and as of mid-week no new date is known, leaving the town to see if the new 3-2 Democratic majority could swing back to a 3-2 Republican majority.

Robert Kando, executive director of the Rhode Island Board of Elections, told The Valley Breeze & Observer on Monday that board members postponed the recount dates of Nov. 13 and 14 until the board could discuss recount procedures.

The board was scheduled to meet on Nov. 19 to vote whether to authorize the recounts.

Kando said that if approved, recounts could begin as early as this morning, Nov. 20.

After 518 mail ballots were counted, Election Night results were confirmed. All four Town Council incumbents as well as Democratic newcomer Gregory Tocco won the five at-large seats.

Thirty-six votes separated Tocco, in fifth place, from Republican Richard Poirier, in sixth place, which led Poirier to request a recount.

If the votes remain the same, the Democrats will win majority of the Republican-held Council; if the recount shows Poirier actually has more votes than Tocco, the Republicans will retain their control.

Tuesday night's Town Council meeting was run by the old Council: Democrats Suzy Alba and Bernard Hawkins and Republicans Alberto LaGreca, Maxine Cavanagh, and Ronald Manni, the only member to not seek re-election.

According to Town Manager Dennis Finlay, new members will be sworn in at the Dec. 2 Town Council meeting, but only if the recount has been conducted by then.