Wicomico District 3 school board results flip to Turner; recount expected

On election night, he was a 17-vote loser.

Ten days later, Bill Turner is the apparent winner in the District 3 Wicomico County school board race.

By a single vote — 3,056 to 3,055 — Turner of Salisbury topped David Goslee Sr. of Powellville.

Turner overcame his election night deficit by claiming 184 of the 350 absentee and provisional votes that were tallied and verified over the past week. Goslee received 166 absentees and provisionals.

The results are still unofficial and will be certified on Monday.

“My understanding is that everything is unofficial,” Turner said when contacted Saturday afternoon. “I knew they were still counting, but I had no thought that anything would change.”

Turner was the incumbent in the nonpartisan race; he was appointed in August to fill a vacancy created by the transition from an appointed to an elected panel.

Goslee had a career in law enforcement and has owned DOT Training and Service for 22 years.

When asked Saturday afternoon whether he would seek a recount — if the results stand with him losing by one vote — Goslee’s reply was sharp and immediate: “What do you think?”

Under state election law, it’s the election’s petitioner — usually the loser — who has to pay for the recount.

“With it just being one vote,” Goslee said, “I think the state should pay.”

There are three conditions under which the state would have to pay. One of those is if the margin of difference between the two candidates with the most votes is 0.1 percent or less of the votes cast for those two candidates.

There were 6,111 votes cast in the District 3 contest — 0.1 percent of that total would be six votes. That would certainly suggest a state-financed recount.

Thirty-four people spent their time in the election booth casting votes for neither man and instead submitted write-in ballots.

Greg Bassett is editor and general manager of Salisbury Independent. Reach him at gbassett@newszap.com

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