16 uncounted ballots changes De Pere School Board results
lol By Press Times Staff
DE PERE – All votes have been counted, canvassings complete and results confirmed – and 16 ballots discovered in the Town of Ledgeview after the April 5 election have officially flipped the victory from incumbent Bob Mathews to newcomer Chad Jeskewitz.
Mathews originally was declared the third candidate to win a seat on the School Board, garnering two more votes than Jeskewitz – 1,685 to 1,683.
Sixteen numbered and unopened absentee ballots were discovered April 6, which changed the results to Jeskewitz winning by four votes as he picked up 11 votes, while Mathews added five.
Tracy Schrader, School Board clerk and district administrative assistant, said “human error” was behind the mixup.
The change results in three newcomers grabbing the three top spots and three-year terms on the board – ousting the two incumbents on the ballot.
Incumbent Mike Paroubek did not seek reelection.
Mathews told the Press Times he will not request a recount.
The final votes for the school board are as follows, bolded names indicate the winners.
• Adam Clayton: 1,786
• Brittony Cartwright: 1,746
• Chad Jeskewitz: 1,694
• Bob Mathews (i): 1,690
• Mark Meneau (i): 1,548
• Melissa Niffenegger: 1,462