INDIAN SHORES – Results from the March 11 municipal election in Indian Shores has triggered a machine and manual recount.
According to the unofficial results posted on the Supervisor of Elections website, Michael “Mike” Petruccelli defeated Diantha Schear by only two votes.
Elections Administrator Nancy Whitlock said results in which a candidate is defeated by less than ½ percent require a recount per state law. Results closer than a ¼ percent require a manual recount.
The Elections Office announced Wednesday afternoon that the Pinellas County Canvassing Board would conduct a machine recount and a manual recount for the town of Indian Shores. The recounts will be done Friday at 9 a.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 13001 Starkey Road in Largo.
The board also will canvass provisional ballots, write-in votes and certify the unofficial results.
Voters had three new names to choose from during the March 11 Municipal Election after Indian Shores Councilors Carole Irelan and Steve Sutch retired.
Patrick Soranno garnered 332 votes, 34.62 percent. Petruccelli received 315 votes, 32.81 percent. Diantha Schear brought in 313 votes, 32.60 percent.
Results showed that 959 voters took part in the election. Indian Shores voters had returned 66.1 percent of 563 mail ballots requested as of March 10. Fifteen cast their ballots during early voting.
Indian Shores residents also joined with most of Pinellas County to pick a new representative for District 13 in the U.S. Congress. Republican David Jolly defeated challengers Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby. He will fill the seat left vacant after former Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young died Oct. 18.
Official election results cannot be certified until votes from the 10-day overseas ballots are added to unofficial results, and the earliest that can occur is the 10th day after the election. The deadline to certify official election results is noon on the 12th day after the election.