There will be a recount in the hotly contested Democratic primary race between state Sen. Douglas Henry and attorney Jeff Yarbro.
The Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee, which serves as the party’s state primary board, voted Monday night to order a recount in the razor-thin District 21 state senate primary that currently shows Henry with an 11-vote lead over Yarbro.
“This is an election, and a vote is the most sacred thing that we really have in our democracy,” said Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester. “Ensuring that everything is done properly is important.”
The decision, cast with the majority of committee members present via teleconference, included a few unidentified number of nay votes.
Under the agreement approved by the party, a four-member Davidson County Election Commission “counting board” will recount votes from voting machines and absentee ballots. Representatives of both campaigns, as well as media, are permitted to monitor the recount.
If Yarbro were to emerge victorious following a recount then Henry would have five days from the time the new count is certified to request a second recount.
Yarbro requested the recount last week, citing the race’s fluctuating vote count, with four different sets of unofficial results having been released since the conclusion of voting on Aug. 5.
Earlier on Monday, the Davidson County Election Commission certified results from the Aug. 5 election and agreed to conduct the recount at 1 p.m. on Tuesday if the party’s state primary board signed off on Yarbro’s request.