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Write-in votes finally found

November 27, 2012

PAWTUCKET — All has been accounted for in the 2012 election. An envelope containing write-in votes from the Cottage Street Fire Station poll that the city's Board of Canvassers thought was missing was found to have been mislabeled and was there all along, according to Registrar Ken McGill.
McGill said that the final tally for the write-ins for mayor showed Lorenzo “Larry” Tetreault with 729 votes out of a total of 1,281 write-ins cast. Tetreault picked up an additional three write-in votes from the Cottage Street Fire Station, and his final figure also rose from an earlier unofficial count that last had him at 681 votes.
Tetreault, already a City Councilor at-Large, was being pushed as a write-in candidate for mayor by a municipal union, Local 1012, which is looking to unseat Mayor Donald Grebien.
The union is angry over Grebien's executive decision to privatize the city-run trash and recycling services, and members have expressed the desire to mount a recall campaign in the spring.
A recall effort would require obtaining the signatures of 10 percent of the registered voters from the last election — about 2,200 voters — on a petition.
City ordinance holds that any recall effort could not take place until three months into the start of the mayor's next term, which would be April 2013.

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