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Recount set in Vt. race separated by a single vote

David Ainsworth David Ainsworth
Sarah Buxton Sarah Buxton

Royalton, Vermont - November 16, 2010

David Ainsworth is a full-time farmer in Royalton who has served two terms as a state representative. And he's no stranger to close elections.

"No," Ainsworth said. "It's always been close in this district."

But in this year's election, close takes on a whole new meaning.

Reporter Adam Sullivan: I guess you can't get any closer than one vote, hunh?

David Ainsworth: No you can't. It certainly proves the fact that your vote does count.

And because just one vote separates Ainsworth-- a Republican-- from the current leader-- Democrat Sarah Buxton, Ainsworth requested a recount.

"Nothing against Sarah, I just want to make sure that the people's will is carried through," Ainsworth said.

Adding to the drama of this close race was an original counting mistake with an absentee ballot at the Royalton town clerk's office. The error was corrected after the voting checklist and number of ballots cast-- were off by one vote.

"We came across one that got skipped over, or was stuck to another envelope, we don't know.  It wasn't opened so we opened it and put it in with the rest of the ballots," Royalton Town Clerk Leanna Stickney said.

That closed the two-vote margin to just one-- where the election stands now. It's a mistake that the town clerk says she has already learned from.

"And it will be one that I don't forget. It will go in the books with me," Stickney laughed.

The race's current leader seems to be taking the recount in stride as well.

"The likelihood that there is going to be a significant change in Tunbridge and Royalton is pretty slim," Buxton said.

Buxton says she welcomes the recount-- saying it adds to her faith in Vermont's election process.

"Checking and double checking the way that we do things can only strengthen our democracy," she said.

The recount will take place Monday morning in Woodstock. A race that proves the importance of one vote.

According to the secretary of state's office, there are nine recounts taking place across Vermont, including Rutland City which also has only a one-vote difference.

Adam Sullivan - WCAX News

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