Norwich City Council recount yields same seat winners as original count


NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — A recount for Norwich City Council seats took place Monday after last week’s election. Recount results reported to News 8 showed no change in the seat winners from the original results.

A room on the third floor of Norwich City Hall was quite busy Monday morning.

“These folks are looking at each ballot,” Head Moderator JoAnn Merolla-Martin said while the count was ongoing. “Every team is a Republican and a Democrat.”

Machines recounted most of the ballots, but 521 absentee ballots have to be hand-counted again since they were hand-counted on election night.

“It took six or seven hours on Election Night, so they’re actually doing more work because they have to go back and look at the envelopes and stuff like that, so it’s actually probably going to take them longer than that,” Merolla-Martin said.

There were 11 candidates for the six city council seats. The mayor fills the seventh seat on the council, and Republican Mayor Peter Nystrom won reelection handily.

Four of the top vote-getters for the city council also had pretty decisive wins, but the next five candidates vying for the last two council seats are too close to call.

“I’m nervous and excited,” Republican City Council candidate Robert Bell said ahead of the recount results. “It’s like I’m having to relive Election Day all over again.”

What will most likely change either way is the makeup of the city council because it appears at least two of the top six vote-getters are newcomers.

“Two new people on the council,” Nystrom said.

We asked if that could make a difference, even if the majority stayed with the Democrats.

“Absolutely,” Nystrom said.

Head Moderator Merolla-Martin confirmed to News 8 just before 8 p.m. Monday night, the seat winners of the original count did not change.

The six council seats will go to Stacy Gould (R), Swarnjit Singh (D), Joseph A. DeLucia (D), Derell Q. Wilson (D), Grant Neuendorf (R), and Tracey Burto (D). The seventh seat will be filled by Mayor Nystrom (R).

The Democrats held a four to three majority on the city council going into this election. The recount results did not change that.

News 8 is Your Local Election Headquarters. Check back for updates.

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