ROCHESTER - A vote by City Council to ask for a recount of Tuesday's Keno vote failed on Wednesday, but that doesn't mean a recount won't happen, it just means the City Council won't ask for it.
City Attorney Terrence O'Rourke began the Keno discussion by suggesting that the city go ahead and do the recount on Keno, which passed in the city by just one vote. O'Rourke stated he felt the state would likely ask for a recount, so it would be appropriate to just go ahead and do it now.
Several councilors, however, seemed uncertain whether the state would even mandate a recount since individual cities within the state had the power to approve or reject Keno gambling.
Keno was authorized by Rochester voters at Tuesday's election by a single vote, citywide, 1,036-1,035.
Somersworth voters narrowly passed Keno 420-391, while it was rejected in Dover.
O'Rourke reminded the council there was nothing in the City Charter that covered recounts on a referendum, saying "it's an open question."
It was then learned that the City Clerk could authorize a recount, either on their own or upon request by a resident.
However, the question wasn't answered as to whether the city clerk was mandated to act on a single resident's request for recount.
Councilor James Gray said several churches in town have been mulling a recount request.
The cost for a recount was estimated at $900.
After further discussion, Councilor Tom Willis made a motion to ask for a recount, which was seconded.
The measure, however, was easily defeated on a voice vote.