I am not conceding.
The 38 provisional ballots were processed this morning by the Newburyport City Clerk’s office. In a very thorough and transparent process witnessed by myself, Councilor Kelcourse and others, 23 of these ballots were deemed valid and appropriate for tallying and 15 were deemed invalid.
Of the 23 ballots counted, the net impact on this election is that James Kelcourse's total increased by 2 votes. Therefore, Councilor Kelcourse holds a lead of 11 votes across the District.
Over 17,000 voters cast ballots in Amesbury, Newburyport, and Salisbury. The difference between us is less than 1/10th of 1 percent.
While a timely accounting of ballots is important, the most important result is an accurate accounting of the votes.
Over the weekend, I will be evaluating my options, which include petitioning for a recount, to ensure that the will of the voters has been upheld.