It took nearly the entire day Tuesday but the has been certified by Ellen Cushman.
See the pdf file on this webpage for the final vote count.
And the final, final numbers show that Andy Rojas winning margin in his Board of Selectmen race with Dan Scharfman was by a wider margin than what was announced on Monday night: by three additional votes.
After adding overseas votes and those that needed hand counting, Rojas was awarded six additional votes and Scharfman three. The revised, certified totals now show Rojas with 2,171 and Scharfman with 2,136. Their race remains one of the closest in Belmont history.
The results also show that some long-time Town Meeting members did not win re-election including John Malone in Precinct 6 by four votes and Michael Sullivan in Precinct 3 by nine votes.
While there is no change in the town-wide election results, over on the Town Meeting side of the election ledger, the certified results indicate that Precinct 4 and 8 will be heading to a caucus to resolve who will be serving at Town Meeting in April.
In both precincts, one individual – Bill Dillon in 4 and Cynthia Taylor in 8 – won not only a regular three year term but also a partial term as a write-in candidate. According to Cushman, this is deemed "a failure to elect" because a person can only be elected to one seat. It will be up to each of those two candidates to choose the length of their term, – which seat to take – leaving the other seat available.
That remaining unfilled seat, by the Acts of 1926 and the General By-Laws must be filled by a precinct caucus of elected Town Meeting Members. It is not automatically filled by the person with the next largest number of votes, said Cushman.