Attorney Jeff Yarbro made his request for an expedited recount official on Tuesday, formally making his appeal to the Tennessee Democratic Party’s Executive Committee.
Yarbro, challenging longtime District 21 state Sen. Douglas Henry in the Democratic primary, had announced intentions to ask for the expedited recount last week.
“The results of this election continue to change, following yesterday’s news from the Election Commission that a voting machine had not been counted in the initial results,” Yarbro said in a written statement. “Obviously, we’re troubled by the changing tallies and the resulting uncertainty. The need for a recount could not be clearer.”
Under state law, the Davidson County Election Commission is prohibited from recounting ballots in party primaries unless the party’s executive committee — in this case — the state Democratic Party’s Executive Committee orders one.
According to Kathyrn Sasser, who is providing legal counsel for the Yarbro campaign, the recount could be concluded as early as next week.
Following the election commission’s discovery of a previously uncounted voting machine on Friday, Henry’s lead stands at 11 votes over Yarbro. Previously, the still-unofficial results showed Henry with a 13-vote lead.
The election commission is scheduled to certify election results on Aug. 23.