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Tight Referendum Races in Northwoods Could Lead to Recount

04 Apr News

Tying up a few more loose ends from Tuesday’s election, Two northwoods communities rejected referendums and a third passed, but all were tight races.

Voters in the Elcho school district narrowly approved their referendum, which was asking$400,000 for four years. That passed by 51 votes in those preliminary results.

That margin turns out to be the largest of the three.

In Wabeno, with nearly 1,100 ballots cast, their residents rejected the referendum by just 34 votes.

And in the closest of the three, the Phillips’ referendum, asking for $650,000 for 5 years was defeated 1,092-1,085. The narrow 7 vote margin will likely result in a recount.

As with all results in the state, the final, official numbers can change. Mailed in absentee ballots can still arrive up until Friday as long as they were postmarked by Election Day. Officials in Phillips expect a few more votes could come in with 6 absentee ballots still out as of the last update, but that is not enough to make up the preliminary difference.