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November 15, 2012

Recount expected today

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NORMAN —

Williams said a total of 527 provisional ballots were cast countywide. Of those, only 110 were deemed eligible and would be counted. There were 24 provisional ballots counted in the House District 45 race.

The final tally brought the candidates back to where they had started, with Stiles in the lead by 18 votes.

Stiles garnered 6,799 total votes to Roberts’ 6,781 total votes.

If the judge grants the recount, Williams said preparations have been made to count the ballots by hand. He does not know if that will occur in the courtroom or if the judge will allow officials to return to the election board.

In either case, there will be six tables with teams of four people at each table to count the ballots by hand. Williams said there will be equal party representation at each table. A caller will read the ballot and call out the vote. The stacker will take the ballot and confirm the caller’s announcement. The stacker and the caller will be of opposite political parties.

Two people will tally the votes as they are called out to protect against human error. They also will be of opposing political parties, so each party will have equal and fair representation at each counting table.

Even with six tables, counting 13,550 ballots will be a slow process.

After the recount, it is likely the judge will set a separate hearing on the matter of the “irregularities.”

Joy Hampton366-3539jhampton@normantranscript.com

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