Lewis eligible for recount, plans to ask Monday
by Jon Gillooly
November 08, 2013 08:45 PM | 1593 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Stuart Fleming, left and, Ward 1 Councilwoman Annette Lewis participate in a recent candidates' forum. Voters cast 141 votes for Lewis and 142 votes for Fleming on Tuesday. Lewis said she plans to request a recount Monday. <BR>Staff/Jeff Stanton
Stuart Fleming, left and, Ward 1 Councilwoman Annette Lewis participate in a recent candidates' forum. Voters cast 141 votes for Lewis and 142 votes for Fleming on Tuesday. Lewis said she plans to request a recount Monday.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
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MARIETTA — The Cobb Elections Office announced that Councilwoman Annette Lewis, who lost to former Marietta Board of Education member Stuart Fleming in Tuesday’s election by a single vote, is eligible to request a recount.

Lewis said she plans to make that request on Monday.

Voters cast 141 votes for Lewis and 142 votes for Fleming on Tuesday, a low turnout given the 2,421 registered voters in Ward 1.

Three provisional ballots were cast in that race, all three of which were determined on Friday to be cast by unqualified voters and will be thrown out, said Janine Eveler, director of Cobb Elections and Registration. She said one ballot was cast by someone who wasn’t registered and the other two were cast by people who voted in the wrong precinct.

Hearing that news on Friday, Lewis said she intends to move forward with her request for a recount.

“Anytime you have one vote it’s worth looking at it,” said Lewis.

Eveler said if Lewis presents her office with a recount request Monday, she can have it done by Tuesday.

Fleming, for his part, said he welcomed a recount.

“I have no problem with a recount at all. I want it to be an accurate count,” Fleming said.

Fleming shared his thoughts about an election that has him winning by one vote.

“I think the biggest thing that comes to my mind is I learned long ago the value of each person and the contributions of all, and this is just a great example that everybody counts and everybody’s voice and opinion matters, and I couldn’t be more proud and more thankful to the citizens of Ward 1,” he said.

Lewis described her state of mind as “fine.”

“This process is entertaining a lot of people where people are waiting to see what it does and different people handle it different ways,” Lewis said. “It’s a learning process, and you know me, I always love to learn things.”



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