Berrien County recounting votes in 2 races

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 6:02 PM EST
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BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. (WNDU) - There will be at least two recounts of the November election results in Berrien County – one for the District 5 County Commissioner seat, and one for the Galien Village President.

In the District 5 race for county commissioner, Republican Bruce Gorenflo and Democrat Rayonte Bell each received 3,934 votes.

In the case of ties, Michigan state law requires the winner to be determined by drawing lots out of a box before a recount can take place.

Gorenflo was declared the winner after pulling a piece of paper out of the box with the word “elected” on it.

Bell, who pulled the paper saying “not elected” on it, then filed for a recount.

Meanwhile, in the nonpartisan race for Galien Village Council President, challenger Paul Palmer edged incumbent Kenneth Chappell by two votes, 105-to-103.

According to our reporting partners at The Herald Palladium, Chappell says that margin is way too close to not have a recount.

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