KENNESAW — Cobb elections finished a recount in the Kennesaw City Council race on Tuesday afternoon, confirming Lynette Burnette narrowly defeated Madelyn Orochena, albeit by two votes fewer than previously counted.
The recount saw Burnette receive 1,755 votes (18.27%) to Orochena’s 1,726 votes (17.96%), a margin of 29 votes, according to Cobb Elections. That number differs from what was reported Nov. 16, when Cobb Elections recorded 1,756 votes for Burnette to 1,725 votes for Orochena.
Cobb Elections Director Janine Eveler said the recount came after a memory card containing 789 votes was not uploaded by Cobb Elections staff, changing the outcome of the race.
New results Friday declared Burnette the winner of the City Council race, demoting Orochena to second place. Orochena had initially been declared winner when the Cobb Board of Elections certified the election results the first time on Nov. 15.
Last week, Daniel White, elections board attorney, said that under state law, candidates who lose by less than 0.5% have an automatic right to demand a recount — Orochena lost by 31 votes, a margin of 0.32%, when the election was certified Friday.
The county announced the Cobb Board of Elections will meet Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. to recertify the results for a second time.
The Kennesaw special election for Post 1 was triggered when former Councilman James “Doc” Eaton resigned his seat in June over the reopening of controversial Confederate-themed shop Wildman’s, in downtown Kennesaw.
The five-member Kennesaw City Council is elected citywide, and the race to replace Eaton drew seven candidates. The city charter stipulates that the winning candidate only needs to receive the most votes, not a majority.
After the recount, behind Burnette and Orochena were Jason Acree (13.72%), Anthony Gutierrez (13.7%), David Blinkhorn (13.29%), Daniel Bowie (12.32%), and Jon Fred Brothers (10.74%).