West Lafayette School Board race comes down to 4 votes

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The race for West Lafayette School Board at-large seats has come down to just four votes. Five candidates were running for four seats.

The unofficial results show Tom Schott, Brad Marley and Brian Bittner all pulled in more than 3,000 votes. Doug Masson has 2,815 votes, while Melissa Prochnau has 2,819 votes.

Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey said there are still more than 200 provisional ballots needing to be counted.

“We’ve had a few close races before where it went back and forth,” she said. “A township trustee race was really close last year. So those are the times when you go, every vote literally counts toward that race.”

Depending on the outcome, the school board could make the ultimate decision.

“It is kind of an interesting thing, though,” Coffey said. “If it would end up in a tie — so if the top three would be elected, and the lower two would end up in a tie — that actually goes to the school board to make the determination to break the tie.”

Coffey said some absentee ballots were also held back for further review.

The Election Board will certify the results Friday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m.