LISBON - The addition of 993 votes to the total cast Nov. 6 failed to alter the outcome of any of the candidate races, but it was enough to trigger a recount for a liquor ballot issue that passed in St. Clair Township by one vote.
The liquor option that would give the Glenmoor Marathon station permission to sell certain alcoholic beverages Monday through Saturday passed 149 to 148, according to the official election results certified Tuesday by the Columbiana County Board of Elections.
The liquor option will now be subject to an automatic recount, which is triggered when the margin is less than 0.5 percent of the vote total. The recount will be held on Dec. 4, with the votes counted by hand and machine.
Interestingly, a second liquor option seeking permission to sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday at the same gas station failed 156 to 140.
The 993 represents additional absentee ballots that arrived following the election and provisional ballots, all of which were added to the 45,784 cast on Nov. 6 to arrive at the official count. Provisional ballots are those cast election day but go uncounted until questions about registration and residency are resolved.
Elections board director Adam Booth reported that as he expected, the additional 993 votes had little impact on the two closest candidate races - state representative and county recorder.
In the race for state representative, Democrat Nick Barborak was ahead of incumbent Republican Craig Newbold by 383 votes on Nov. 6. The winning margin increased to 507 following the official count.
The opposite happened in the race for recorder, where Republican Theresa Bosel was ahead of Democrat Brenda Dickey Myers by 484 votes on election night. Bosel ended up winning by 409 after the 993 additional votes were added to the mix.
Booth said in both instances the margin of victory/defeat was insufficient to qualify for any automatic recount. In the state representative race, the margin would have needed to be 223. The difference in the recorder race needed to be 215.
The final results were also in for the U.S. House of Representatives race, with incumbent Republican Bill Johnson defeating Democrat Charlie Wilson, 164,536 to 144,444 district-wide, or 53.2 percent to 46.8 percent.
Johnson carried Columbiana County, 23,903 to 21,127, as did Mitt Romney, who outpolled President Obama, 25,251 to 19,821.
Approximately 70 percent of the county's 66,703 registered voters cast ballots in the election, which is slightly less than 2008. The record turnout in recent memory is 76 percent set in the 1992 presidential election.