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Marco resident Jay Santiago is part of the action Tuesday night as Deputy Supervisor of Elections Tim Durham requests Santiago, one of only a couple audience members who is a non-candidate, help select a playing card out of a bag symbolizing one of three municipal elections to be part of a legally required audit.

Photo by KELLY FARRELL, Staff

Marco resident Jay Santiago is part of the action Tuesday night as Deputy Supervisor of Elections Tim Durham requests Santiago, one of only a couple audience members who is a non-candidate, help select a playing card out of a bag symbolizing one of three municipal elections to be part of a legally required audit.

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  • The canvassing board for the Marco election, consisting of Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala, Collier County Judge Rob Crown and Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards reviews ballots with questionable signatures Tuesday evening.
  • Marco residents Jay Santiago and Pat Santiago, husband and wife, enjoy watching the election process carry-out at the Supervisor of Elections Office Tuesday night.
  • City Clerk Laura Litzan drops off 47 ballots left at City Hall between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday to Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards. This will be Marco's last mail-in ballot due to a change in city ordinance to have the election held during the primary election in the future.
  • Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala and Collier County Judge Rob Crown of the canvassing board review a Marco Island ballot to determine if it counts Tuesday night.
  • Larry Magel, right, remains stoic  after learning it's been declared a victory for him to take one of the three Marco City Council seats. City Clerk Laura Litzan discusses some information on the recount process with him Tuesday night at the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office.
  • Marco resident Jay Santiago is part of the action Tuesday night as Deputy Supervisor of Elections Tim Durham requests Santiago, one of only a couple audience members who is a non-candidate, help select a playing card out of a bag symbolizing one of three municipal elections to be part of a legally required audit.
  • Chuck and Judy Kiester display a campaign banner for the last time as the vote count shows him locked in a virtual dead heat for the third and last available council seat.
  • Marco City Councilman-elect Larry Magel and wife Joanna Magel discuss recount plans with Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards Tuesday night.
  • A reinforced bag containing at least 60 last-minute ballots sits in the office of Marco Island City Clerk Laura Litzan around noon Tuesday. The bag has a lip through which to slide ballots, and once inside they cannot be removed except by unlocking a reinforced zipper lock.
  • Marco resident Jay Santiago is one of only a few Marco residents to watch the canvassing board review the ballots in the too-close-to-call Marco election Tuesday night. Santiago asks a logistical question of the board after it's determined that a recount is needed because the voting machine counted only a nine-vote difference between two candidates in the mail-in election.

It comes down to a recount at the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office Tuesday night after the canvassing board has reviewed about 36 'questionable ballots' and will be reviewing several more on Thursday, they say.

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