Tiverton is still awaiting totals from approximately 515 mail-in ballots before official results can be called in its Town Council, School Committee and Budget Committee races.
According to the State Board of Elections, the results of the counts from mail-in ballots across Rhode Island will not be released until Thursday afternoon. The board originally promised the numbers by close-of-business on Wednesday. About 18,000 ballots were counted and certified prior to Election Day, but state law prohibits counting until polls are opened. The sheer volume is delaying the count despite using four counting machines to process the ballots.
These 515 or so ballots could potentially skew results in Tiverton's local races. The biggest potential for upset lies within the Tiverton Budget Committee's unofficial results. A mere 18 votes separates bottom vote-getter Madeline O'Dell from opponent and seventh in total votes, Robert Hayden. There are 84 votes between Hayden and eighth place vote-getter Mark R. Larson.
Tiverton Town Council results cite 116 votes separating Councilman-elect William P. Gerlach and eighth place vote-getter Renee DeJesus Jones. On the School Committee side there is less potential for a late lineup change, as 283 votes separate third place voter-getter Jerome Larkin and fourth place candidate Susan Anderson.
Little Compton only had 225 applications for mail-in ballots this year, the results will probably not impact the unofficial tallies below.
Check back for updates and the final results from the 2012 Tiverton and Little Compton Election once the mail-in ballots have been tallied.
Tiverton Unofficial Results:
Tiverton Town Council Candidates (7 seats)
VotesJay J. Lambert (Incumbent) 2,917
Denise M. DeMedeiros
2,907Edward A. Roderick (Incumbent) 2,868 James J. Arruda 2,809 Brett Nicholas Pelletier (Incumbent) 2,706 Joan B. Chabot (Incumbent) 2,439 William P. Gerlach 2,438
Robert D. Coulter (Incumbent)
2,180Nancy L. Driggs 2,167 Joseph R. Sousa 2,069 Peter A. Mello 2,023 David M. Nelson (Incumbent) 2,004 Donald Bollin 1,699
Tiverton School Committee Candidates (3 seats) Votes Sally A. Black (Incumbent) 3,531 Carol J. Herrmann (Incumbent) 2,770 Jerome M. Larkin 2,735 Susan E. Anderson 2,452 Justin D. Katz 2,324 Ruth E. Hollenbach 2,107
Tiverton Budget Committee Candidates (11 seats) Votes Joseph F. Bento, III 2,784 Joshua A. Mello 2,488 Laura L. Epke 2,408 David Perry 2,303 Alexander J. Cote 2,244 Madeline L. O'Dell 2,165 Robert H. Hayden 2,147 Mark R. Larsen 2,063 John J. Martin 2,017 Jeffrey J. Sroczynski 1,961 Robert B. Gaw 1,872 Mark D. Constance 1,116 Jeffrey M. Belli 696 Abel Perez 621
House Dist. 70
John G. Edwards (Incumbent)
John A. Perkins
Little Compton Unofficial Results:Little Compton Town Council Candidates (5 seats) Votes Robert L. Mushen (Incumbent) 1,345 Gary S. Mataronas (Incumbent) 1,274 Paul M. Golembeske (Incumbent) 1,261 Fred M. Boddington, III (Incumbent) 1,237 Charles N. Appleton, Jr. (Incumbent) 1,203
Little Compton School Committee Candidates ( seats) Votes Thomas C. Allder 939 Peg Bugara 827 Micah J. Shapiro (Incumbent) 783 Lynn A. Brousseau Lebreux (Incumbent) 746
Little Compton Treasurer/Tax Collector Candidates Votes Mary-Jane M. Harrington (Incumbent) 849 Robert H. Goff, Jr. 699 Patrick McHugh 354