Alcohol sales ban to remain after recount

May 4, 2008 9:53:20 PM PDT
A hand recount in a Massachusetts town shows residents aren't as evenly divided about alcohol sales as election officials initially thought.

The April 15 vote appeared to be a 690-690 tie after the original machine count. But the recount turned up two additional votes in favor of upholding the ban Friday. It prohibits beer and wine sales at restaurants in the Martha's Vineyard community.

Had the hand recount resulted in another tie, the measure would have been defeated because it required a majority to pass.