The Process of Recounting Votes

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Not all races wrapped up Tuesday.

For example, the race for Madison County Probate Judge remains up in the air.

Incumbent Tommy Ragland leads by 120 votes, but Patty Demos will still get the benefit of a recount.

Oddly enough, because of his current office, it’s Ragland that’s best qualified to explain how the process works, even though he has no hand in the execution of his own race or the recount.

Voters turned out in droves Tuesday, and it’s always remarkable when the will of the people comes down to just a few votes.

So incredible in fact, that it triggers further examination.

Ragland says, “By law, it’s an automatic recount if it’s within a half of one percent.”

It’s a long process to figure out what the voters wanted. ¬†

First provisional ballots get examined.

Then the Canvasing Board certifies the vote.

Then the Secretary of State certifies the vote.

Then there’s a recount within 72 hours worth of business days.

There’s only one way to avoid that process.

Ragland explains, “A candidate could sign a waiver to not have a recount, but in most cases, the recount occurs and the county pays half and the state pays half.”

For right now, it looks like this race won’t get resolved until after Thanksgiving.