State Superintendent Race

Coweta vote totals the same in recount

by Celia Shortt


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

By Celia Shortt

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.

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