Henry County election officials conducted a recount in the 4th district county commissioner’s race yesterday, and nothing changed. Blake Prince won by razor-thin two-vote margin over incumbent commissioner Reid Bowman:
It was originally determined Prince, who had 50.47 percent of the vote with 1,120 votes, defeated Bowman by less than a percentage point. Bowman had 1,099 votes with 49.53 percent making the loss margin by only 21 votes.
However after the unofficial results were certified Friday and the recount was conducted, it was determined Bowman had 1,125 votes while Prince had 1,127 votes.
The recount came as a result of a request issued by Bowman at 2:45 p.m. May 23 after Henry County Elections and Registration officials said there were abnormalities in the Fourth District board of commissioners race.
“In order to protect the integrity of the voting system, I have respectfully asked for a recount,” Bowman said in a statement on his election page. “As I have stated before, God does not make any mistakes. However, with that being said, people do. Example 21 votes to 2 votes.”
Election and Registration Director Janet Shellnutt said one card was omitted Election Night because a technician missed a voting machine, and there were also six people who voted in the wrong district.
Shellnutt said the elections department does give people the opportunity to vote in different districts, but they would vote on a paper ballot and only the state races would be valid.
Like Buzz wrote earlier this week: every vote matters.
As an aside, Reid Bowman is a great guy. I backed him when he ran against an incumbent in 2006, when I still lived in Henry County. I wish the Bowman family nothing but the best.