Unofficial recount shows Henry as clear winner

Monday, August 9, 2010 at 12:07pm

UPDATE 11:55 a.m.: A new vote count released late this morning shows incumbent state Sen. Douglas Henry winning his primary bid by 13 votes. 

The re-tallying of votes takes into account a new count of absentee ballots that puts the incumbent far enough ahead of challenger Jeff Yarbro to claim victory without the results of two provisional ballots, both of which went to Yarbro. 

As of Thursday night, Henry maintained a two-vote lead over the challenger, with the two remaining provisional ballots still to be tallied. Those ballots would've tied the two, but the new count changed the landscape, putting Henry ahead now by 13 votes. 

The election commission acknowledged it had issued bad numbers on election night, due to a malfunctioning scanner that caused officials to have to hand-count absentee ballots using six teams of four — two Democrats, two Republicans.

Two separate counts of absentee ballots were given on election night — one showing Henry the winner and one Yarbro — before today's unofficial tally was presented. 

The current, unofficial final count is 5,649 for Henry to 5,636 for Yarbro, although it will not be verified until an election commission meeting Aug. 23. 

Elections administrator Ray Barrett called it “an honest mistake” on the commission’s part.

Yarbro has not said whether he will challenge the results. 

Check back for updates to this story. 

1 Comment on this post:

By: govskeptic on 8/9/10 at 11:23

Close-close race whether 2 or 13 votes. Not alot of labor voters in this
district, but the education votes went heavily for Yarbro.