It took several tries to get the machine to scan and verify the ballots. Stiles waited in the back, chatting with friends. Roberts sat at a table near the front taking notes. Her daughter, Amanda Roberts, who was her campaign manager, was at her side.
Once the votes were tallied, only three affected the District 45 race. Stiles gained two votes and Roberts gained 1 vote, increasing Stiles’ lead to 19 votes.
Williams said a total of 527 provisional ballots were cast countywide. Of those, only 110 were deemed eligible and would be counted.
In District 45, 72 provisional ballots were cast. Thursday that number was stated to be 69, but was updated on Friday to 72. Of the 72 provisional ballots in House District 45, 24 would count.
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.
Because of problems with the voting machines, the process was long and the clock was approaching 5 p.m., time the vote must be certified.
“We hadn’t planned to do that,” Roberts said of the request for a recount. “Because of the time situation, we had to make a decision by 5.”
If Roberts did not request a recount by 5 p.m. she could not request one.
“They’re holding on to hope and it’s not over, but I can breathe easier,” Stiles said.
Stiles said the close race is not unusual for this district where Republicans and Democrats live side by side.
“That’s one of the things I love about Norman,” he said.
As far as the recount, he said he feels a reasonable amount of confidence in his victory.
“We’ve not seen anything overturned over three votes,” he said.