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Jackson retains victory in Fulton sheriff recount
by Staff Reports
August 09, 2012 07:29 PM | 4213 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A recount Wednesday in the Fulton County Sheriff's July 31 Democratic primary election confirmed incumbent Ted Jackson as the outright winner.

According to results on the Fulton Registration and Elections website, Jackson, who had 50.05 percent of the vote, avoided a runoff with the victory over four challengers. The second vote-getter, former Fulton Sheriff Richard Lankford, had 32.46 percent and requested the recount. Frank L. Brown (9.25), Charles Shelton (4.76) and Curtis S. Farmer (3.48) rounded out the voting. The original certified election results yielded the same percentages for each candidate.

In an email Tuesday, Lankford wrote he requested the recount because of errors in how the county counted ballots.

"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. A runoff would have taken place Aug. 21.

The Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections has scheduled a meeting for 11 a.m. Monday to certify the recount results.

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