FLORENCE, Ala. - Elections officials in Florence held a recount in the District 3 City Council race Friday. The incumbent councilman requested the recount after results from the August election showed him losing by a 2-to-1 margin.
For 20 years, Hermon Graham has represented the residents of District 3 in Florence. So, it’s been a little tough for him swallow losing his council seat by such a large margin in August.
According to Graham, he originally requested a hand-recount of the ballots, but said state statutes dictate an electronic count must first be completed.
“If I got beat, I got beat,” stated Graham. “But I want to know for sure, and I owe it to my supporters and to my family to prove that everything was done the way it was supposed to be done.”
With Friday’s results being the same as the original count, if Graham wishes to proceed, he must file a motion in Lauderdale County Circuit Court to request a hand count.
Attorneys for Graham must show probable cause in order to get another recount issued by a judge.
District 3 Councilman-Elect David Bradley said from everything he has seen, the election results are correct.
“The machines were tested once again for accuracy, and we both looked at them. We both actually looked at the votes as they were being fed into the machine, and I was standing there right next to him and it matched up with exactly what the machine counted,” explained Bradley.
Before getting to work for the district, Bradley must sit back and see how this plays out.
With no change to the election in Friday’s recount, Hermon Graham must pay $1,000 to the city of Florence to cover the costs of the recount. If he does decide to proceed with contesting the election, Graham must pay for all related expenses.