BARAGA - With a turnout comparable to last year, 430 of 680 registered voters cast ballots Saturday for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council, but a required recount will delay the final tally.
Diana Chaudier, KBIC election board chair, said a recount will take place at 9 a.m. today. A recount is required by tribal rules when three or fewer votes separate candidates, Chaudier said.
The initial count of votes showed Gary F. Loonsfoot Sr. with 181 votes and Don Messer Jr. with 184 votes.
Chaudier said council elections take place every year for the 12-member council. Terms are for three years.
Other candidates and the votes they received were: in the Baraga District, incumbent Jerry Lee Curtis, 162; Warren "Chris" Swartz Jr., 276; Loonsfoot Sr., 181; and Messer, 184. In the L'Anse District, incumbent Eddy Edwards, 185; incumbent Susan J. LaFernier, 256; David J. Haataja, 143; and Jennifer Misegan, 198.
The top two vote recipients in each district get seats on the council, Chaudier said.
For the 2011 general election, the turnout was 62 percent, and for Saturday's election, the turnout was 63 percent.
Bradley T. Dakota was the only candidate for chief judge. He received 356 votes.
Chaudier said the recount could take up to an hour and a half. Final results will be in Tuesday's Daily Mining Gazette.