Published DateMEREDITH — Chris Mega has requested a recount in the race for an open Meredith seat on the Inter-Lakes School Board. As results came in on Tuesday night, Mark Billings was declared the winner over Mega in a close 617-596 decision.
"I have requested a recount. The process is in motion," Mega said after delivering his formal request to school district officials early on Thursday afternoon. "They'll take it from here." Referring to his decision to request the double-check, he said, "It's prudent, given the narrow margin."
Bea Lewis Wheeler, clerk for the Inter-Lakes School District, said the recount will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 25, at the Humiston Building in Meredith. Per state statutes, the board of recount will be comprised of the district clerk, district moderator and all members of the school board. The recount will be open to the public.
During voting on Tuesday, Meredith votes were counted using machines, while Center Harbor and Sandwich count their votes by hand. All of the district votes will be tallied by hand during the recount, however. At the conclusion of the recount, there will be a five-day window during which the losing party will be able to appeal the decision to Superior Court.
On Tuesday, Meredith reported that Billings had carried that town by the vote of 439 to 283. Mega was the favorite in Center Harbor, where he won 95 to 78. He was also the strong preference in Sandwich, where he beat Billings by the vote of 218-100.