Fleming received one more vote than Lewis did in Tuesday’s election, with voters giving him 142 votes to her 141.
“You always hear of the proverbial ‘win something by one vote’ or ‘something passes by one vote,’” Lewis said. “Well, I get to experience it.”
Three provisional votes were cast in that race and have yet to be investigated, said Janine Eveler, director of Cobb Elections and Registration.
“When somebody goes to the polls, and they’re not on the elector’s list, or they don’t have ID, they can cast a provisional ballot, and they either have three days to bring in their ID if that’s why they did it, or we have three days to research if they were eligible or not, then we would count them,” Eveler said.
Eveler said her office will alert Lewis and Fleming after 5 p.m. Friday about the status of the three votes.
The Cobb Board of Elections will certify the votes on Monday, making them official.
“At that time, Lewis has two days to request in writing a recount,” Eveler said.
Lewis said she plans to make that request.
“We had more than normal people that voted absentee and mail-in, so it’s just human hands that touched some of those. They were not done by the computer,” Lewis said. “I know they seldom if ever make any type of mistake, but it’s just to make certain.”
Eveler said her office will grant a recount if the difference between the winner and loser is still not more than 1 percent of the total votes cast.
“If all three of those are counted, and they all happen to vote for Mr. Fleming, Ms. Lewis does not qualify for a recount, so it is enough to take out the possibility of a request,” Eveler said. “You have to wait and see. We don’t know what we’ve got.”
If a recount is performed, Eveler said
the results would be known by Tuesday or Wednesday of next