A re-canvass of last week's votes for Representative Town Meeting candidates in Districts 4 and 5 Tuesday did not change the outcome.

As results showed after the Nov. 5 polls had closed, Democrats William Gerber, Heather Dean and Cindy Waldron won seats in District 4, along with Republicans Joseph Palmer and Joseph DeMartino.

In District 5, Republicans Carol Way and William Domeika were confirmed as winners, along with Democrats Ruth Smey, Laurene O'Brien and Josh Garskof.

The results helped to solidify Republicans' gains on the legislative body, increasing their margin to 34 seats versus 16 for Democrats. Before the municipal election, the GOP held a 28-22 majority on the 50-seat panel.

Democratic Registrar of Voters Matthew Waggner said Tuesday that the process was a "re-canvass" as opposed to a full recount.

In a recount, every ballot is hand-counted. On Tuesday, however, only ballots that looked like they would have been rejected by the ballot scanner because of errors such as an over-vote, or a question about the voter's intent, were counted by hand. One Republican and one Democrat did the hand counting of ballots, and if they did not agree, Robert Bellitto Jr., the head election moderator, made the final decision.

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BALLOTING RE-CANVASS RESULTS
Following are the Tuesday re-canvass results of voting in two Representative Town Meeting districts from last week's municipal election. The original vote total is listed first (*denotes the winner):
RTM DISTRICT 4
Amy Mezoff (R) 444 446
*Joseph Palmer (R) 456 457
Joseph Pagnozzi (R) 420 420
*Joseph DeMartino (R) 471 472
Erin French (R) 435 436
*Heather Dean (D) 517 517
*William Gerber (D) 529 529
*Cindy Waldon (D) 480 481
Patrick Jeanetti (D) 404 404
Doug Jones (D) 446 446

RTM DISTRICT 5
*Carol Way (R) 378 378
*William Domeika (R) 381 385
Andrew Semmel (R) 358 358
*Ruth Smey (D) 400 400
Michael Flatto (D) 355 355
Matthew Ambrose (D) 374 374
*Laurene O'Brien (D) 422 423
*Josh Garskof (D) 404 403

The ballots cast by residents who registered and voted on Election Day -- there were 31 -- were also counted by hand.

Several of the RTM members whose seats hinged on the re-canvass attended, though none expressed any concern about the results or expected the outcome to change.

The closest vote was between Way, who recently moved into District 5 from a Fairfield Beach Road home in District 10, and incumbent Democrat Matthew Ambrose. The initial results of 378 votes for Way and 374 votes for Ambrose stood after the re-canvass.

Domeika picked up four votes in the re-canvass, bringing his total to 385, while O'Brien picked up a vote to finish with 423 and Garskof lost one to finish with 403.

In District 4, 10 votes separated Palmer and Democrat Doug Jones based on last week's totals. On Tuesday, Palmer picked up one more vote to bring his total to 457, and Jones' tally of 446 remained the same. Incumbent Republican Amy Mezoff, whose re-election bid fell short, picked up two votes, giving her 446 votes as well.

The re-canvass results are as follows, with the original vote total listed first (*denotes the winner):

RTM DISTRICT 4

Amy Mezoff (R) 444 446

*Joseph Palmer (R) 456 457

Joseph Pagnozzi (R) 420 420

*Joseph DeMartino (R) 471 472

Erin French (R) 435 436

*Heather Dean (D) 517 517

*William Gerber (D) 529 529

*Cindy Waldon (D) 480 481

Patrick Jeanetti (D) 404 404

Doug Jones (D) 446 446

RTM DISTRICT 5

*Carol Way (R) 378 378

*William Domeika (R) 381 385

Andrew Semmel (R) 358 358

*Ruth Smey (D) 400 400

Michael Flatto (D) 355 355

Matthew Ambrose (D) 374 374

*Laurene O'Brien (D) 422 423

*Josh Garskof (D) 404 403