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Published June 13, 2012, 08:43 PM

Close vote leads to talk of a recount for the Fargo Sales Tax Extension

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The old saying "every vote counts" is ringing true today, hours after the election results rolled in. The final tally was so close on the Fargo Sales tax Extension, some today spoke of a recount.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The old saying: "every vote counts" is ringing true today, hours after the election results rolled in. The final tally was so close on the Fargo Sales tax Extension, some today spoke of a recount.

Around Midnight, the result changed from a "No" vote victory to a "Yes" vote win in a matter of minutes.

After all the voting and counting, it comes down to basic math - 13,176 voted to extend the sales tax, 8,679 said no. 60% was needed to pass, 60.3% approved. That's a squeaker. In fact the difference of 63 votes almost sparked a recount.

According to the secretary of state's office has a formula for a recall. The total number of votes cast times .25. A recount would be mandated if the margin of votes was less than 54 overnight. It was 67 votes. Thirteen votes at the polling stations made all the difference.

Mayor Dennis Walaker - Fargo: "It is the first time that a sales tax has passed with a split city commission. I think that is a big deal, it really is."

A sales tax vote involving Millions of dollars, thousands of votes, and a final result that comes down to elementary math.

The only change in this could come Monday, when the final votes are canvassed and tallied. A few absentee ballots are still uncounted.

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