Rep. Randall: "Something Is Not Right" in District 3 Results

3:15 PM, Sep 18, 2013   |    comments
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State Rep. Nikki Randall, leader of the local state delegation told 13WMAZ Wednesday morning that she has concerns about the results that came from the District 3 Commission race.

The race was won by City Councilwoman Elaine Lucas. Unofficial results indicate Lucas defeated Terry Tripp by 396 votes.

In a studio interview, Randall said if she had been a candidate in this year's election, she would file a complaint with the Secretary of State's office.

"In Rutland 2, for instance, during the last election they turned out 1100 votes. Last night, they turned out less than 300. Something's not right with that. And I can't believe that. In that precinct usually performs better than that, and I do believe they did."  

However, voters at the Rutland 2 polling place cast ballots in one of two different races. Preliminary results show that 358 people voted in the Lucas-Tripp race. But another 742 voted in the District 7 race among Scotty Shepherd, Eric Arnold and Barry Bell.

That's exactly 1,100 votes cast at the Porterfield Baptist Church polling place. 

There have been no indications of formal complaints by Tripp or any other candidates, so far.

However, mayoral write-in candidate Anthony Harris told Randall Savage that he is calling for a recount because returns are not showing any votes for him. He said he knows that he had some votes because he voted for himself and he knows others that did, too.

State law says a recount will be granted if there is less than 1 percent between two candidates.  

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