Results from a previously uncounted voting machine used in the state Senate District 21 Democratic primary have narrowed state Sen. Douglas Henry’s lead over attorney Jeff Yarbro to 11 votes.
The Davidson County Election Commission discovered the uncounted voting machine late last week during an audit of election results, a normal post-election review process, according to Davidson County Elections Administrator Ray Barrett. Previous figures had shown Henry with a 13-vote lead.
“It happens every election,” Barrett said. “We put out close to 600 voting machines. [Poll workers] have been there 14 hours. Sometimes they just misread one of them.”
Barrett said he didn’t have the exact figures that came out of the previously unchecked voting machine, but he said Yarbro took in two more votes than Henry. He said workers concluded the audit on Friday.
The new tally is the latest in a race in which the election commission first showed Yarbro up by 18 votes, then Henry up by two votes before announcing early last week that Henry was up 13 votes.
Citing the fluctuating results, Yabro has requested an expedited recount through the Tennessee Democratic Party’s Executive Committee. The election commission is expected to certify its figures Aug. 23.