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City council in Rochester will not ask for recount in Keno vote

Union Leader Correspondent

November 08. 2017 10:04PM
The city council in Rochester will not request a recount on the Keno vote Tuesday. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)

ROCHESTER — A one-vote victory margin for Keno in Tuesday’s election prompted councilors to discuss a recount during their Wednesday meeting.

City Attorney Terence O’Rourke recommended the council order a recount; the final vote was 1,036 to 1,035.

But after a voice vote, the motion to perform a recount on Keno failed.

During the discussion, it was suggested the state would probably ask for a recount.

City Councilor James Gray opposed the suggestion, saying if the city’s citizens want a recount, they can ask for it.

“I don’t know why the state would request a recount. I would expect some of the churches that have contacted several people about not authorizing Keno would ask for it,” Gray said.

Gray said the council should wait and see if anyone in the community asks for a recount.

State officials estimate in the first full year of operation, Keno will generate $8.5 million. The money is meant to support full-day public kindergarten, and it can only be played in establishments that have a liquor license.

According to the City Clerk’s Office, there were 2,756 votes cast in Rochester, a 13.4 percent turnout.

Voters in Manchester, Berlin, Claremont, Nashua, Laconia and Somersworth approved Keno gambling in their cities Tuesday. It was rejected in Concord, Dover and Keene.

Voters in Franklin approved Keno during a special election earlier this year. City councilors in Lebanon and Portsmouth refused to put it on the ballot for municipal elections.

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