Keno vote recount results in tie for Rochester, a no-go

Associated Press
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A recount of a New Hampshire city’s vote on whether to approve the electronic bingo game keno has resulted in a tie, meaning it’s a no-go.

The Nov. 7 ballot question for Rochester and other cities was whether to allow keno sales in state-licensed bars and restaurants. Money would be raised to help fund full-day kindergarten. Rochester initially approved the measure by one vote.

City Clerk Kelly Walters told Foster’s Daily Democrat that state law requires 50 percent plus one vote to pass. Voters had to completely color in the oval representing a “yes” or “no” vote, but Wednesday’s recount determined that didn’t always happen, so that changed at least a couple of votes.

Seven cities have approved keno.