Monday, November 12, 2012
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CONYERS -- A recount in the election for Rockdale County sheriff is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. today.
Sheriff Jeff Wigington, who lost the race to Democrat challenger Eric Levett by a margin of 34 votes, requested the recount Saturday following certification of the election results.
According to Rockdale Supervisor of Elections Cynthia Welch, the recount will take place at the Board of Elections and Registration on Parker Road. The recount will include all ballots cast for the sheriff's race. Welch said she expects the recount to take two to three hours at the most.
The Rockdale Board of Elections will meet in a called meeting at 1:30 p.m. in order to re-certify the results of the sheriff's race, according to Welch.
The recount follows Friday night's count of provisional and mail-in ballots from military personnel and overseas civilians. Friday's results reversed the unofficial results tabulated Tuesday night in the General Election. At the end of Tuesday night, Wigington had an 18-vote edge over Levett. Friday night, Levett had a margin of 34 votes.
Final vote counts Friday were 18,726, or 49.96 percent, for Wigington and 18,760, or 50.04 percent, for Levett.
According to the Secretary of State's Office, a losing candidate who is within 1 percent of the winning candidate's vote total may request a recount in writing within two days of the election certification.