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Recount less likely in mayor’s race

Published 10:07pm Monday, November 12, 2012

After a standard review of vote totals, the difference between the two top candidates for mayor increased to more than 1 percent, making Councilman Leroy Bennett ineligible to demand a recount after losing to incumbent Mayor Linda T. Johnson.

The new totals are 18,392 for Johnson and 18,005 for Bennett, a difference of 387 — equivalent to 1.06 percent of the votes for the top two candidates.

The final tabulations come after provisional votes were added in and results reported on Election Day were reviewed and verified in a standard process known as the “canvass.”

“We were as careful as we could be,” Electoral Board Chairman Kenneth Carpenter said. “In one place we found 50 votes extra for Linda where there was an obvious mistake on the statement of results. The (different number) was plainly on the printout.”

Johnson gained 108 votes as a result of the canvass and provisional votes, while Bennett gained only 47.

Carpenter said Bennett still may be able to request a recount but might have to bear the cost up front. If the margin had been less than 1 percent, he would have had to pay only if Johnson was again declared the winner. Otherwise, the city would have paid the extra expenses.

“Right now, I want to talk to some of my supporters so they’ll know exactly what the numbers I’ve heard,” Bennett said Monday night after hearing the new numbers. “I want to hear what their recommendations are and then I’ll make a decision. I’ve had so many supporters that have called me with concerns and felt like I should do a recount.”

He said he would likely make a decision Tuesday.

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  • Lovebug

    Seriously people, Votes are votes. Fact of the matter is this…..one got more than the other and is now the Mayor again and the other is at home with his wife. Its life and the same thing happened with Obama and Romney, one of them got more votes than the other. Move on!

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  • suffolk626

    Do you people really think there are such large inconsistencies in the process? And who is the conspiracy theorist that says their were mistakes made with the vote count? If you keeping “hearing” about mistakes being made, then maybe each of the commentators below should encourage these people to come forward instead of contribute to a rumor mill. If you know them, please encourage them to share their story with facts and public speculation rather than a vicious rumor cycle amongst supporters. If any candidate and their team feel something is amiss, talking about it solves NOTHING. It seems a person would want to address the situation directly, rather than rebel rouse. It only creates divisive in this great city. If a candidate believes in this city enough to run for Mayor, then they would think twice about driving a wedge into the center of its citizens.

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    • Chattyone

      “In one place we found 50 votes extra for Linda where there was an obvious mistake on the statement of results.”

      This is plain as day…..it says a mistake was found… perhaps not to Mr. Bennett’s favor but it proves none the less that mistakes happen.

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  • dollyb12

    ASK for a recount, Mr. Bennett, please. The voting system is broken and it could come out in your favor. I keep hearing that mistakes are being made with the vote counts on every level.

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  • MD

    So I guess that means that the present incompetence will continue in City Hall. After dealing with the new assessor this year and a half or more, it is obvious that the mayor will continue placing cronies in key positions. Since the onset of the newest assessor taking office we have been levied with new taxes on HOA common areas, open space was done away with and to top it off, when I have approached the office to inquire I have been treated with unprofessionalism by the assessor. It’s obvious that something is wrong, but that happens when you hire someone that is not qualified to do their job…

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    • TravelinJack

      Your comment adds nothing to the article. This has to be the most ignorant post I have ever read on this newspaper website. The state tax code changed including the ability to tax open space, hoa common areas, etc. The Assessor is just following the law.

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      • Mr. Developer

        No the HOA laws did not change, talk about ignorant. The way the assessor handled them changed.

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