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Posted on Mon, Aug 16, 2010 : 3 p.m.

Mike Fried asks for recount in 11th District race for Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners

By Heather Lockwood

Ann Arbor resident Mike Fried has asked for a recount after losing by one vote in the 11th District race for the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.

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Mike Fried asked for a recount.

Yousef Rabhi won with 998 votes, to Fried's 997 votes, official results confirmed. Alice Ralph received 281 votes, and LuAnne Bullington received 108 votes.

The request for a full recount was received by the Washtenaw County Clerk/Register of Deeds Office on Friday. The recount is to begin 12:30 p.m. Aug. 26, according to officials.

A recount will cost Fried $10 per precinct, and there are 16 precincts in the district.

He told the day after the election that he felt an obligation to his supporters to consider a recount.

Fried, a retired chief of administration for the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, serves on the county's Criminal Justice Collaborative Council and the boards of the Dispute Resolution Center and Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County.

Rabhi, who is studying urban and regional planning at U-M, has worked with Michigan Peaceworks, U-M's Inter-Cooperative Council, the Ann Arbor Democratic Party, Buhr Park Children's Wet Meadow Project and other environmental groups in and around Ann Arbor.

In November, he will face Republican Joe Baublis, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

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Matt Yankee

Tue, Aug 17, 2010 : 8:16 a.m.

Should a tie occur, a meeting will be set up with both candidates and the County Clerk where a drawing will be held to break the tie. Two slips of paper -- one with the word "ELECTED" and one with the words "NOT ELECTED" -- will be placed in a box. The candidates will then select one of the slips of paper. Whichever candidate selects the slip of paper with the word "ELECTED" on it shall be deemed legally elected to the office -- or in this case, since it is a primary election, shall be the party's nominee on the general election ballot.


Mon, Aug 16, 2010 : 11:13 p.m.

What if they tie on recount?

Jay Thomas

Mon, Aug 16, 2010 : 7:50 p.m.

Yeah, I'd ask for one too!