State Superintendent Race

Coweta vote totals the same in recount

by Celia Shortt

alt

Coweta County Superintendent of Elections Jane Scoggins performed the recount for the state school superintendent election on Wednesday. 


By Celia Shortt celia@newnan.com

Coweta County’s numbers for the recount in the Republican runoff election for state school superintendent came back exactly the same.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp late Thursday certified the recount results for the July 22 runoff for the Republican school superintendent with Richard L. Woods receiving 199,441 votes (50.09 percent) and Michael L. “Mike” Buck receiving 198,741 votes (49.91 percent). In certifying the results, Kemp affirmed that all counties had provided the state with the total votes tabulated for each candidate. He affirmed that the returns are a true and correct tabulation of the certified returns received by his office from each county. In Coweta, Richard L. Woods earned 53.58 percent of the votes, and Michael L. Buck earned 46.42 percent.

Jane Scoggins, superintendent of elections for Coweta County, performed the local recount on Wednesday. It took her approximately four-and-a-half hours to count all the paper ballots and to upload every OS card to the database.

Once completed, she sent the information to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

“I’m very happy everything turned out exactly the same,” she said.

Each county in Georgia had to have its recount numbers to the secretary of state’s office by noon Thursday.

Almost 400,000 votes were cast statewide in the runoff election, and the number of votes separating both candidates was just 725 or 0.18 percent.

Georgia state law allows a candidate to request a recount. Following the election, Buck told the “Atlanta Journal-Constitution” he would request a recount if the votes were within that margin.



More Local

FOUND

UPDATE: Missing child located

Update 4:35 p.m. – Kanyah Stevens has been located by authorities on Hill St. and she is safe. The child has been reunited with her mo ... Read More


Senoia Council

Property tax exemption proposal denied

The Senoia City Council denied a proposal by resident Don Rehman to enact a property tax exemption for senior citizens. Rehman had proposed ... Read More


Ladds to open home to train lovers

Just like last year, Frank Ladd and his son Mark are opening their home to anyone who wants to see their Christmas-themed model train set. F ... Read More


Police on lookout for chase suspects

Newnan police are on the lookout for a number of suspects who abandoned their vehicle and fled on foot after a car chase ended in an acciden ... Read More


Senoia eyes changes to alcohol ordinances

Senoia’s City Council wants to move forward with creating ordinances to allow brew pubs and wine tastings in the city, as well as move ... Read More

Library launches 1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten

Studies show reading to young children can help begin a lifetime of learning, and the Coweta Public Library System is launching a new progra ... Read More