Numbers change but results don’t in Warner Robins recount

wcrenshaw@macon.comNovember 8, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Some numbers changed in a Friday recount of the city election tallies, but the end results were the same.

The recount had the same winners and the same people in the Dec. 3 runoff.

The only discrepancy found was in the vote totals for Daron Lee, who narrowly finished third and out of the runoff for the mayoral election. Election Superintendent Kathy Cummings said the actual number of individual votes for Lee was correct, but there was an error in calculating a total.

Lee actually had 546 votes from absentees and early voting, but it was incorrectly totaled at 646, Cummings said.

With the corrected number, Chuck Chalk moved up to third and Lee dropped to fourth, but Chalk was still the same number of votes out of the runoff, which was 138.

The recount began at 10 a.m. at Council Chambers in City Hall. About 30 people, including several candidates, sat quietly as the recount began. A few others watched through the glass walls from outside the chamber.

The entire election was recounted, but the closest race was Council Post 4, which Tim Thomas won outright by a single vote.

If he lost one vote in the recount, he would have landed in a runoff with former Councilman Bob Wilbanks. The total came out the same after the recount, and Thomas said he wasn’t nervous.

“The recount has not even been on my mind,” he said.

Also present at the recount was Paul Shealy, who lost his Post 3 council seat to Keith Lauritsen by 24 votes.

Randy Toms, the top vote-getter in the mayoral race, will face Joe Musselwhite in the runoff. Toms attended the recount but Musselwhite did not.

“I respect the process and I understand how important it is for each vote to count, so I just wanted to come down here to understand what went on,” he said.

Toms said he thought there was a possibility the recount could put someone else in the runoff, but he did not consider it likely.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.


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