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Recount for city council seat to commence in Lewiston

LEWISTON — A recount is being held Tuesday afternoon at the Lewiston Community Center to determine the winner of the final seat on Lewiston's City Council.

The recount was requested Nov. 12 by Dan Robertson after he tied with incumbent Larry Rupprecht with 136 votes during the Nov. 4 election. State statute requires the two men to determine the winner by drawing cards, but even that proved difficult.

Both men drew a 10 at the Nov. 12 city council meeting, which forced another card to be selected. Robertson followed with a jack, while Rupprecht pulled an ace, which is considered the best card under such a situation.

Robertson had seven days to request a recount. He decided to exercise that right immediately following the city council meeting in order to determine the winner with "absolute certainty."

Lewiston City Clerk Beth Carlson said the public recount will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday. All 531 votes will be recounted, in addition to the absentee ballots that the city received.

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