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Back-to-back recount in tight mayoral race

NEKOOSA (WAOW) - For the second election in a row, a recount will decide the next mayor of Nekoosa.

Nekoosa City Clerk Joseph Rusch is getting the ballot counter ready.

"We're running a test deck through to make sure equipment is working correctly," said Rusch.

Tuesday morning, he and other government officials will be recounting votes for the city's mayoral election.

Last Tuesday, incumbent mayor Alan Marcoux beat Daniel Carlson by five votes, 202 to 197.

Carlson says that's close enough to take a second look.

"Making sure everything worked out correctly," said Carlson. "The chances the outcome will change are probably slim, but you never know."

"I don't expect any changes, but who knows, hopefully it stays the same and I can continue what's going on and move the city forward," said Marcoux.

A recount isn't new territory for either candidate.

Two years ago, Carlson lost to Marcoux by seven votes.

Carlson petitioned for a recount then too. The results didn't change.

"I'm a little frustrated in the whole situation," said Carlson. "Kind of disappointed in the voter turnout. I expected it to be a little more popular."

"I didn't think it'd be this close again, but it's the reason we have these elections," said Marcoux. "People get to voice their opinions."

The City Clerk says this situation is unusual.

He says he hasn't seen anything like it in his 24 years as clerk.

"We've never ran into something like this before," said Rusch. "Two back to back elections this tight."

In addition to re-scanning the ballots, Rusch says officials will also check that voters filled out ballots correctly.

He says this election proves as another reminder to voters that every vote counts.

The recount begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The city clerk says it will take about 90 minutes to recount the ballots and declare a winner.

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