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Bennett: Considering recount option

Published 11:24pm Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mayoral runner-up Leroy Bennett said Thursday he likely will request a recount of the ballots in the election for the top position on City Council.

Incumbent Mayor Linda T. Johnson was declared the winner of the race by a 326-vote margin over Bennett. Only four-fifths of one percent of the vote separated them.

“I am looking at my options,” he said. “I’m being encouraged by a lot of my supporters that I should consider (a recount).”

A third contender, Art Bredemeyer, received 4,419 votes for almost 11 percent of the vote. Bennett’s percentage was 44.04 percent, while Johnson’s was 44.84 percent.

The apparent losing candidate is entitled to a recount by state law if the top two candidates are separated by less than 1 percent of the votes cast just for those two. About nine-tenths of a percent of the votes just for Johnson and Bennett separate the two.

Bennett has 10 days from the day the results are certified to file his petition with the Circuit Court.

A recount is a lengthy process that involves hand-counting paper ballots and running optical-scan ballots back through the tabulator.

The cost of the recount would be assessed to Bennett if Johnson is again declared the winner, or to the city if Bennett is declared the winner.

 

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  • suffolk626

    Why do people insist on being such conspiracy theorists? I feel sorry most of all for Mr. Bredemeyer. People are making wild accusations that could hurt his character. I don’t know him personally, but I would bet he would be deflated at best to hear that so many people think he was simply a pawn. Can’t people have a dream and fulfill it by running for public office without being persecuted by others for it? Public service is one of the noblest professions as well as one of the most thankless because you will never make everyone pleased.

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  • dollyb12

    Get a grip, whitemarshtaxpayer. I am over it — this country is headed downhill and I am not fooling myself into thinking I can stop it. The voting system is broken so I hold little faith in who won and who lost when all I hear about is how Democrats are voting fraudulently and whining about even showing the proper ID. There has to be a reason why providing ID would upset voters — fraud, maybe? Why should I say thank you for your having voted for a president who constantly breaks the law and is defiant about doing so?

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  • littleham79

    No matter who the mayor is, Suffolk will never change, I am glad to be moving back to Va Beach, this is the only place I know where you can live next to a school and the one you are districted too isn’t anywhere near your home, I have owned two homes here and would rather walk away from them then stay out here and deal with this 1960′s mentality, I vote for whoever changes this place for the better.The only people in charge out here are the lifers who have never been anywhere except out here,everyone complains and nothing gets done. Let him ask for a recount, gives everyone out here something to do.

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  • TB_suffolklady

    I really hope he does not request it. Bennett has no business being mayor, much like Ward has no business being on council.

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  • Chattyone

    Dear Mr. Bennett,
    As a voting citizen of this community and as a tax payer, I beg you to file for a recount. I am appalled that the only reason Art B. ran for Mayor, knowingly that he stood no chance to win, was only merely to pull votes from you. I believe you deserve as much. I would pray that god would show some mercy on this great city and let you stand a chance at running this community, considering that you actually take the personal initiative to attend civic league meetings and listen to the voice of the community, to include those around and near downtown. My only small request to you is that you did not address the sewage spill like you should have. I think that the city had a right and owed it to it’s citizens to notify them of the serious danger in drinking possibly contaminated water. Other than that, I wish a recount and a new Mayor. And for those of you who are going to make obnoxious comments to mine, Just let it be known that I am Caucasian and at a medium income level. I am American and I love this great Country. The city of Suffolk deserves better!

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  • dollyb12

    Please, Mr. Bennett, request a recount! I have doubts about accuracy of voting totals in general anymore, and if there is the slightest doubt about the numbers you deserve to get a recount at no cost to you.

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  • Lovebug

    Someone needs to recount Lue Ward’s! I still can NOT believe that the citizens of Suffolk put this man on council. Very scary to say the least!

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    • dollyb12

      Lovebug, I was surprised at that outcome. Somebody also needs to recount Obama’s votes because I cannot believe that this country voted for him to do another four years of trying to convert us to communism.

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      • whitemarshtaxpayer

        Get over it Dolly …. The people have spoken .. It will give you something to complain about for 4 more years. You will be able to watch Fox news , sit and rant and rave at us democrats .. Tell your friends how we are sinking your country .. Brag about how much smarter you are than those of us that dont agree with your ever so self righteous conservative principals. Gosh we would not want to deprive you of that …. So say thank you for those of us that elected this terrible president !!

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      • Lovebug

        I respectfully disagree on your view of Obamas votes and being president for a second term. I think its clear why Obama won and keep in mind when I say this that I’m neither Republican or Democrat I personally vote for whom I believe is best for our country. In this case Mr. Romney and his Republican team did a piss poor job all the way around. The American people did not feel they knew him personally on election night and like it or not that is important to the human mind. What a person does when no one is listening or watching is important to the human mind and in Romney’s case he left very little to be desired in that department after his 47% video clip. He never took a clear stand on anything and what little stand he took on things he changed his stand later on. He clearly is hiding something in his past taxes or to assure that the tax issue would not cost him the election he would have produced them with NO problem. He showed in his last debate that he knows NOTHING about foreign policy and infact all but agreed with all that Obama was doing in that regard. He claimed to have a 5 point plan but never highlighted ANYWHERE how he planned to but that 5 point plan into effect so that it would actually work! Many media outlets tried to get him on their shows so that the American people could see him as Mr. Romney the PERSON and not just Mr. Romney the politician. Rock Center extended an invitation to him and his team twice to tag along with him on the campaign trail but they declined, the talk shows like the View extended an invitation to HIM NOT his WIFE but instead got his wife. No one cared about his wife she was not running for president the American people want to feel like they know the person they are electing as President of our country and Mr. Romney and his team failed to allow that to happen. Why? I tell you why I think they didn’t allow it….because they knew the hard questions were going to be asked and without someone there to tell Mr. Romney what to say he would put his foot in his mouth. Being on a talk show he would not be able to ignore the questions like he did when he was out on the campaign trail and the media asked him questions that he clearly ignored! The American people are NOT stupid and I personally feel that America spoke and put Obama back into office because they feel they know him as a person because he has allowed the people to know him as a person and because as Mr. Romney as president there would have been to many unknowns. Atleast with Obama we know what we have. We know he cares, we know he is trying, we know things are moving slow but they are moving, and we know that all it will take is for both parties to simply do the job they were elected to do and things just may turn around in our country. Mr. Romney and his team got Obama re-elected and Obama and his team played the right game and won. Simply put!

        Let me as you this……Do you not find it odd that a man who claims he did so much good as Gov of his state can NOT win the votes in his own state? Do you not find it odd that Paul Ryan was the Vice President candidate and his own state voted for OBAMA and NOT Mr Romney? Do you not find it odd that Mr Romney pushed so hard the fact that he would do away with Obamacare yet Obamacare is infact ROMNEYCARE from his own state! If its so bad for American then why was it so good for his own state?

        I don’t know call me crazy but things just don’t add up for me when it comes to Romney or Paul Ryan. America spoke and they spoke very loud this time. I think Obama has learned some things during his campaign I just hope that the House and the Senate has as well!

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      • whitemarshtaxpayer

        Standing ovation Lovebug !!!!! Good Job

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  • Sea

    He should request a recount. Especially since some of those ballots were counted by hand.

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