Dahl edges Fliflet in Hannaford mayor race by one vote
HANNAFORD, N.D.--One mail-in ballot was enough to tip the scales in a Hannaford mayor candidate's favor after unofficial results showed the race was tied, but a demand recount still is possible.
HANNAFORD, N.D.-One mail-in ballot was enough to tip the scales in a Hannaford mayor candidate's favor after unofficial results showed the race was tied, but a demand recount still is possible.
Debra Dahl won 29 votes, or 48.3 percent, over Russell Fliflet's 28 votes (46.7 percent) in the June 14 mayoral race, according to results that were finalized Monday by a Griggs County canvassing board. Two of the 60 ballots cast were write-ins.
Dahl and Fliflet were tied with 28 votes each after ballots cast in the primary election were counted on Election Day, a result which could have triggered an automatic recount.
But the results weren't official since election officials had to wait for mail-in ballots that may have been postmarked for June 14 but were still in the mail.
That was the case for two ballots: one was a write-in while the other was cast for Dahl. That gave Dahl enough of an advantage (1.67 percent) to cancel out the automatic recount. However, North Dakota law states a candidate who does not win by at least 2 percent of the vote could be challenged by an opponent with a demand recount. Candidates in North Dakota races have until Thursday to file for a recount.
Hannaford, a Griggs County city that is about 30 miles northwest of Valley City, has 158 eligible voters. A website for the city lists Calvin Vincent as the mayor, though it appears he did not run for re-election.
Attempts by the Herald to contact Fliflet and Dahl were unsuccessful Tuesday.
A City Council seat for Dunseith, in North Dakota's Rolette County, may face a demand recount from several candidates.
Randy Vivier won one of two seats on the ballot with 59 votes, or 25.8 percent, of the 229 votes cast. He had almost 6 percent more than the next vote-getter, so he is not subject to a recount.
But the second seat could still be in question. Carl Lagerquist grabbed 45 votes, or 19.6 percent, less than a half percent more than the runner-up, Francis Amyotte, who garnered 44 votes, or 19.2 percent. Harold Bruce walked away with 41 votes, or 17.9 percent-1.75 percent behind Lagerquist. That means Amyotte and Bruce could demand a recount since they fall within the 2 percent recount gap.
Richard Wilson won 40 votes, or 17.5 percent and cannot demand a recount.
Dunseith, which is about 100 miles northeast of Minot near the Canadian border, is home to 795 residents, according to 2014 U.S. Census estimates.
Larimore Park Board
One of two Park Board seats in Larimore, N.D., could face a recount.
Todd Elfman has secured a seat on the board with 155 votes, or 30 percent, according to finalized results approved by a Grand Forks County canvassing board.
Rocky Ritterman came in second with 138 votes (26.7 percent), but his opponent, Lori Solseng, trailed behind him by three votes and could demand a recount.
Mary Larsen pulled in 83 votes but is not eligible to ask for a recount.
Larimore, which has a population of 1,385, is about 30 miles west of Grand Forks.