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Fulton County to conduct recount in sheriff’s race
by Staff Reports
August 07, 2012 06:43 PM | 5007 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections will conduct a recount Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the July 31 Fulton County Sheriff Democratic primary election.

With all 348 precincts reporting, incumbent Ted Jackson won outright with 50.05 percent of the vote. Richard Lankford was second with 32.46 percent, followed by Frank L. Brown (9.25), Charles Shelton (4.76) and Curtis Farmer (3.48).

Alicia Phillips, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections, said Lankford requested the recount and it was granted, but Jackson’s vote total was close enough to warrant one without his request.

Though the county has no set number for determining what constitutes a recount, “in this case the numbers meant there needed to be one,” Phillips said.

In an email Tuesday, Lankford confirmed he requested the recount from the elections board Monday night.

"Because of serious inconsistencies in the vote tabulation and what we detect as programmable error in their new counting system, we believe that [the] recount using the standard ‘one card-per each machine’ system is going to yield a drastic difference in vote totals,” he wrote.

By state law, a candidate must receive 50 percent plus one vote to win any election. If the recount determines Jackson had less than 50 percent plus one, he would face Lankford in a runoff Aug. 21.

The recount will take place at the Fulton County Election Preparation Center (1365 English St., Atlanta) and is expected to take two days.

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