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Results remain uncertain for mayoral race

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Germantown’s incumbent Mayor Mike Palazzolo currently has the votes in a very close race but his opposition is waiting for the provisional ballots to be counted.

Alderman John Barzizza announced on Tuesday that he will not concede the race until the provisional ballots are tallied by the Shelby County Election Commission.

A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions about a given voter’s eligibility that must be resolved before the vote can count.

“This process takes time, so it will be days before the cumulative totals for each race has been determined,” said Linda Phillips, administrator of elections for the Shelby County Election Commission.

Reports indicate that Palazzolo has a close 127-vote lead over Barzizza.

The incumbent garnered 10,240 votes, while Barzizza had 10,113, according to Tuesday’s unofficial count.

Phillips said officials at the election commission have sorted and totaled the provisional ballots for the race.

Raw numbers were released last week. These were made up of green provisional ballots, green ballots marked with a sticker and orange ballots.

People whose names were unable to be located on the voter registration rolls voted on a green paper ballot. Those whose names were not found in the rolls and did not have a photo ID voted on green paper ballots marked with a sticker. People whose names appeared in the registration records but did not have a photo ID voted on orange paper ballots.

Election Commission staff members have started to research the ballots individually.

However, the Shelby County Election Commission was closed on Monday for Veteran’s Day.

“I don’t believe they worked on the weekend because no one had taken a day off since Oct. 1,” said Suzanne Thompson, PR consultant with the Shelby County Election Commission.

Each ballot will be examined to ensure that it was cast by a voter registered in Shelby County. Every ballot cast by a duly registered person will be included in the final count. After researching the ballots, election officials offer a recommendation on whether to include it in the final vote count.

A Provisional Voting Board, made up of two Democrats and two Republicans, convenes after that process is complete and makes a determination, based on the staff’s recommendations for each ballot. The date of that meeting is dependent upon when research of the ballots is completed.

Election results will not be final until they are certified by Election Commissioners on Nov. 26.

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