Sources tell me that Michael Canuel is standing at the Board of Elections Office waiting to find out if he is still a candidate for city council or if his quest for office has officially ended.
The confusion apparently began yesterday evening when I was informed that the absentee ballot count had propelled Canuel into 18th place over candidate Nathaniel Amaral.
I then had someone inform me latter that night that Canuel had been advised by Elections Office that no, his bid has fallen short.
You can imagine his surprise this morning to have the Herald News and WSAR both saying that after the recount he did indeed finish in 18th place with a final tally of 1,978 votes. That bests Mr. Amaral's total by 85 votes even though he himself gained absentee ballot votes.
The shocking thing is Mr. Canuel as I type this still doesn't know if he's in or if he's out. Apparently the Elections Office is unable to provide the answer and the Board of Elections Commissioner, Maureen Glisson was not in the office as of 9am this morning.
We can imagine that Nathaniel Amaral is just as perplexed, just as frustrated, and just as angry as Mr. Canuel to not be able to tell friends, families and supporters whether or not it's a win or a loss.
At the risk of being overly critical how in the world are the candidates told one thing and the media another? How did our Elections Office botch this up?
***Update Michael Canuel just called into the Barry Richards show to let WSAR listeners know that as of right now the final tally is uncertified but that it looks like he is not in the final 18. My first impressions of Mr. Canuel were just lukewarm but I was more impressed with him at the City Council forum and would have liked to have had the opportunity to hear more from him. He certainly deserves better treatment than the Board of Elections has provided and so does Nathaniel Amaral.