J.R. McCoy, who lost to Republican incumbent Ann Jones Guider by 23 votes, has notified Douglas County Elections and Voter Registration Supervisor Laurie Fulton that he wanted the recount following last Friday’s certification of the Douglas County vote by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.
Guider received 1,363 votes, or 50.43 percent, to McCoy’s 1,340, or 49.5 percent of the vote.
According to Fulton, a recount can only be done if there is less than a 1 percent difference between the two candidates’ vote totals.
In this race, Guider defeated McCoy by nine-tenths of a percentage point.
McCoy said his request for a recount is in no way an attempt to undermine or compromise the will of the people who cast ballots in the primary.
“This is an administrative step my supporters have asked me to take,” he said. “However, from my perspective, I only want the will of the people implemented.”
McCoy said he does not anticipate the vote totals in the race to change.
After the votes were certified, McCoy had a two-day window to officially request a recount of the ballots, Fulton said.
After a request is made, the elections board is to reconvene for the recount with an observer from the Republican Party present because the race between Guider and McCoy was in the Republican Primary.
Fulton said the vote recount process would take a few hours to complete.
If Guider prevails, she will be unopposed in the November general election.