Electoral board finds gap considerably narrowed

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 7, 2003

Suffolk News-Herald

Apparently, the Suffolk Circuit Court clerk’s race is not quite over.

A day after declaring Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Carter winner of the seat, the city’s electoral board discovered polling errors that narrowed the gap between Carter and contender Kirk Pretlow to just 16 votes.


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Unofficial election results reported Tuesday showed Pretlow, a Suffolk attorney, with 2,467 votes, trailing behind Carter by 128 votes. Initial figures had Carter beating six opponents to win the race with 2,595 votes.

&uot;The numbers did not change the winner but it did greatly reduce the difference between the two candidates,&uot; said David Sylvia, chairman of the city’s electoral board.

Voter Registrar Patsy Parker said Thursday that Pretlow had indicated he would be requesting a recount of the votes. He has 10 days to file for it in Suffolk Circuit Court, Sylvia added.

Several attempts to reach Pretlow on Thursday were unsuccessful

Carter refused to say much about the situation.

&uot;I’m just going to let the process take the course.&uot;