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Results remain the same after recount in Bentley School District election

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(03/14/14) - Questions continue to linger after a controversial Mid-Michigan school election.

A recount was held Friday, but it brought little satisfaction to those who believe there were irregularities at the polling place.

Voters in Burton's Bentley school district turned down a bond proposal by only 16 votes. Because it was so close, a recount was requested.

Officials gathered in the council chamber of Burton City Hall Friday morning to count the 800 ballots that were cast.

The results were the same.

The recount was requested after several people complained there were discrepancies in the way poll workers handled ballots and the ballot box during the Feb. 25 vote.

There are other complaints. Several voters say they were told to come back later to the polling place. Others say there were multiple ballots in their envelopes.

Some are asking Mayor Paula Zelenko to apologize for the way things were handled.

"We're here because we had people come forward that said they had problems She owes that to the residents of the Bentley School District. She owes a response to that. No just say, 'Well, everything's turned out OK,'" Bontumasi said.

Now, the school board must decide if it will bring a bond proposal before voters in the near future.

"We've had discussions and we do plan to pursue a bond initiative in August. We'll likely go for the same amount, three mills, but we are looking at changing some of the identified projects based on some feedback that we've received," said Rebekah Dupuis, Bentley School superintendent.

Genesee County Clerk John Gleason has asked the Michigan State Police to look into allegations of voting irregularities at the polling place during the vote.

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